Buying Groceries While Homebound

Make your life easier by ordering groceries online. You can even opt to have them delivered right to your door! Grocery stores across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., offer local delivery or store pick up, allowing you to shop in the comfort of your own home. The items available online are the same items available in the store, but they come without the hassle of walking through aisle after aisle to pick them out. Online ordering is a great way to make sure you still get exactly what you want from the grocery store, including health, beauty, home, and garden items, even if you struggle to walk the aisles or travel there by yourself.

Here’s a list of options that may work for you:

Peapod by Giant Foods:

  • How it works: Use an internet-capable device (smart phone, laptop, tablet, or computer) to select your items. Then, schedule them for either home delivery or curb-side pickup. If you choose to have your items delivered when you are not home, they will be left in temperature-controlled bins to a secure area outside.
  • Navigating the site:
    • Visit the Peapod website. Create an account and type in your zip code to find a store nearby. Begin shopping by clicking “browse aisles.”
    • Once you have added a least $60 worth of items to your cart, click on it to checkout. Select how you would like to receive your order (delivery or pick up) and choose your desired order completion date and time.
    • Link your Giant card for rewards (optional). Type in your delivery address. Process your credit card and confirm the order.
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Curb-side pick up: Yes
  • Delivery cost:
Order Size Service Fee
$60-$75 $9.95
$75-$100 $8.95
$100+ $7.95

*Minimum order size: $60

  • Curb-side cost:
Order Size Service Fee
All orders $2.95

*Minimum order size: $60


  • How it works: Safeway allows you to order groceries online and have them delivered during attended or unattended delivery windows. If you choose a time where you will not be home, your groceries are delivered to your front door. Through Safeway’s “Drive Up & Go” program, customers can also pick up groceries that were ordered online by parking in a designated “Drive Up & Go” parking spot. With this option, an associate comes outside to your car and packs your vehicle with the groceries you ordered.
  • Navigating the site:
    • On Safeway’s homepage, select the service you would like. They offer delivery, “Drive Up & Go,” and rush delivery.
    • Create an account with your email, phone number, and address. If you select delivery, you are directed to enter your zip code to locate your nearest Safeway store.
    • After you have a minimum $30 order size, you can simply checkout by selecting a delivery date and time. Process your payment. Receive confirmation for your order via email.
  • Delivery: Yes
    • Rush shipping to get there in as little as two hours
    • Time slots on regular shipping can be 1, 2, or 4-hour intervals
  • Curb-side pick up: Yes (Drive Up & Go)
  • Cost for delivery:
Order Size Service Fee
$150+ $9.95
$30-$150 $12.95

*Minimum order size: $30

  • Cost for “Drive Up & Go”:
Order Size Service Fee
All orders $4.95

*Minimum order size: $30


  • How it works: Instacart operates as an independent service company. They search for grocery and convenience stores in your area that offer delivery and provide a list of stores you can order from. Store selection includes Publix, ALDI, Costco, Kroger, Wegmans, and even Petco. Once you select a store, you can then browse the store’s selection and make an order. The cost of service varies on the store that you select, some stores increase their product prices online. Instacart delivers purchased items to your home with an additional 5% service fee.
  • Navigating the site:
    • Enter your zip code to display local stores that offer delivery. Select your store preference from the list provided. Click on your cart to check out, pay with a credit card, and pick your delivery for a time when you will be home. Instacart offers delivery in as little as an hour.
  • Delivery: Yes
  • Curb-side pick up: No
  • Delivery cost:
    • Delivery fees depend on the size of your order and your desired delivery time. The fee for each delivery will be displayed when you select a delivery window during checkout before you place your order. Instacart may apply a “Busy Pricing” fee to your order if your desired delivery time occurs during a time of high demand.
Order Size Service Fee
All orders 5%

*Minimum order size: $30

Meals on Wheels:

For individuals who struggle to leave the home and cook meals on their own, Meals on Wheels offers food delivery in many areas across the region. It is a non-profit program primarily caring for seniors who are experiencing declining mobility. Unlike the services above, Meals on Wheels requires that individuals meet certain physical criteria to qualify for meal delivery. To receive this service, a person must be homebound and unable to prepare a meal. There are no  financial requirements and the cost of a meal is generated based on the person’s disposable income.

  • How it works:
  • Locations:
    • Click here to find a location in your community.
    • Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, MD  21224
    • Meals on Wheels D.C., 6100 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20011
    • Meals on Wheels Arlington, 1550 Crystal Dr., #1004, Arlington, VA 22202
  • Delivery: Yes
    • Meals are delivered Monday through Friday and frozen meals are provided in advance for holidays that fall during the week. Two meals—a hot lunch and a cold supper—are delivered daily by a volunteer between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost:
    • Meals on Wheels charges a fee based on a sliding scale that considers individual income and “acceptable” expenses.
    • This service accepts assistance benefits through the Independence Card or credit card for payment.
  • Grocery assistance program:
    • Like the above grocery delivery services, Meals on Wheels volunteers purchase the items on your grocery list and deliver them to your home.
    • There are no additional charges for this service. You can provide a written grocery list or speak on the phone to the volunteer.


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