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Calgary has upped its food delivery game in the last few years, making cooking for the week just a little bit easier. In addition to restaurant delivery services such as Uber Eats, DoorDash and Skip the Dishes, there are several supermarket grocery delivery services that deliver big-name, local and even organic produce or vegan products right to your door.
Bessie works with Alberta farmers and B.C. fishermen to deliver boxes of beef, chicken and seafood (or a combination of the three) for free to Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, Chestermere and Okotoks. You can subscribe or do a one-time order. Right now Bessie Box is adding in an extra pound of ground beef and off-cuts for free with every order and is encouraging customers to share it with others who need it. Those in self-isolation can request no-contact delivery.
Bite is working on getting an online delivery system going, but until then you can email email@example.com to place your order for free delivery if you live in Ramsay or Inglewood. You can also do curbside pickup if you live outside those neighbourhoods.
1023 9 Ave. S.E., 403-263-3966, biteyyc.com
Calgary Co-op is delivering free care packages to those under Covid-19 quarantine in accordance with public health agency instruction until April 15. The packages feature non-perishable food essentials and are available while supplies last. Care package requests can be made over email (more details at calgarycoop.com).
Calgary Grocery is a group of food manufacturers and distributors who normally deliver fresh food to businesses such as restaurants, schools and offices. When those shut down, they shifted their business model to deliver essentials from their warehouse, such as meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables, to Calgarians’ homes instead. You can order online and delivery is $10.
Costco members can take advantage of the store’s two-day delivery service, which is available on weekdays for household items, non-perishable food and specifically marked products. And if you spend $75 or more, there’s no delivery fee.
This online local farm-fresh delivery service has responded to the increased demand and is now offering delivery Thursday through Sunday (formerly just Thursday and Friday). Delivery is free on orders more than $40. Place your order by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for Saturday or Sunday delivery, and by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday for delivery on Thursday or Friday.
Most Earls locations across Canada are now offering groceries. You can get them delivered through SkipTheDishes, DoorDash or UberEats or order through Earls’ online form and pick them up to get 20 per cent off your order. Choose from grocery packs of produce, dairy, pantry staples, protein or seafood. You can also select individually priced food items, home essentials (toilet paper and hand soap) and prepared meals. DIY chef kits and cocktail kits are also available so you can make your own pizza or mule at home.
This local grocery delivery service lets you place an order at one of eight grocery stores (including Superstore, Save-On-Foods and M&M Food Market), then delivers it within a two hour span on weekdays. The base rate for regular delivery service is $19.99, plus there are discounted programs for seniors and those with limited access.
With Inabuggy, you can order from multiple big-name stores, which currently includes Walmart, Costco, PetSmart, Rexall Pharma Plus, Safeway and M&M Food Market. The delivery fee is $19.98 and there’s an additional fee of $9.99 per store if there are multiple stops. The biggest bonus is you can order in as little as an hour in advance (or up to three days).
Instacart offers delivery from a wide range of stores, including BulkBarn, Staples, Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore and more. Plan ahead by placing an order in advance (maximum six days) or get a last-minute delivery within two hours. The service uses your delivery time and order size to determine the delivery fee.
Joey has also turned to groceries across Canada and has quite a selection on its Joey Market menu. Get free delivery through its website or DoorDash or call to get 10 per cent off curbside pick-up. The market menu includes plenty of meat packs, variety fruit and vegetable boxes, single produce items, dairy, pantry essentials, baked goods and even drink ingredients such as pickled beans and club soda.
This Canadian-based app’s motto is “anything you want, delivered.” Along with restaurant and alcohol delivery, you can order groceries from Sunterra Market and five downtown Corner Store locations (the last time we checked, they have wipes!). Grocery delivery is $9.99.
This family-operated market in Willow Park Village delivers fresh produce from local Alberta farmers to you. Delivery is $5 and there’s a minimum $50 purchase. This spot is particularly good if you’re struggling to find meat in big-box grocery stores. Check their Facebook page to see what they have in stock.
The Organic Box, which delivers to Calgary, Bow Valley, Central Alberta and Edmonton on select days, focuses on locally-sourced and/or organic food. Choose from curated, customizable boxes that can be scheduled weekly or bi-weekly, or build your own box with items ranging from soap to produce to baked goods. Calgary orders are delivered on Tuesdays.
Order from Save-On-Foods at least a day in advance or up to 30 days before delivery. Delivery fees are based on your chosen time slot but range between $7 to $10. Through your account, you can create and save shopping lists and add notes to specific items like if you want a ripe avocado or a green banana.
Spud members get boxes of local, organic produce once a week on a designated delivery day based on neighbourhood. If you fulfill the minimum order, your groceries will be delivered for free. Choose what goes in the box or go with the Weekly Staples Box, which features $70 worth of products for just $40 with vegan and gluten-free options.
Sunterra delivers groceries for $8 with a minimum order of $50. In addition to everyday groceries, you can also have Sunterra’s daily features delivered as well as its Friday Night Feast, a three-course meal for just $18.99. Voila, dinner is served.
T & T Supermarket, which has two locations in Calgary, is one of the latest major grocery store chains to offer home delivery. Shoppers can place orders for Asian snacks, groceries, household items and beauty/health products. Orders will arrive within three to seven days through Canada Post. Note that the Pacific Place Mall location is closed until April 8, 2020.
If you’re looking for authentic Latin foods such as tortillas, salsas or dried chiles, you can order groceries online from UniMarket. You can get same-day delivery on orders placed before noon and delivery is free if your order is more than $60. Curbside pickup is also available at both its north and south locations Friday through Sunday for prepared to-go meals such as burritos, empanadas and roasted chickens. You will need to call or fill out an online order form for pickup.
2405 Edmonton Trail N.E., 403-984-3373; 128 50 Ave SE; 403-255-4479; unimarket.ca