11 Healthy Meal Delivery Services That Are Still Open in Philly
These meal delivery services make nutrition and social distancing a little easier.
In an effort to flatten the curve, Philadelphians have been staying home. And social distancing, however beneficial and necessary, can make grocery shopping for a week a challenge. Now, more than ever, restaurant take-out and meal delivery services have become extremely important to our relationship with food. Here are a variety of meal prep and healthy meal delivery services that can bring some ease to our food anxieties and promote nutritious ways of eating.
Home Appetit— which recently acquired another local meal delivery company, Grateful Plate — is a weekly meal delivery service founded by chef Lee Wallach. They guarantee fresh meals crafted from organic, quality ingredients. Every Thursday, a menu for the next week is posted, and you’ve got until Saturday at midnight to place your order. Home Appétit isn’t a subscription service; orders are on a week-by-week basis. Each menu has two parts, “Greens & Grains” and “Entrees,” allowing you to customize dishes with mix and match ingredients. Deliveries are scheduled on Mondays between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Initially targeting athletes, Performance Meal Prep now caters to all customers. Founded by Jesse Batt, Performance Meal Prep is all about fresh and locally sourced proteins. A new menu is posted every week and everything is priced under $17. A delivery driver will text you when they’re 15 minutes away. Or, you could opt for a pick-up at their facility at 5070 Parkside Ave. Amid the outbreak, Performance Meal Prep will only be offering home delivery within a 40 mile radius and pickup from their production facility at designated times.
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Founded by former Be Well editor and health coach, Adjua Fisher, and seasoned chef Zach Rice, REAP Wellness is a plant-forward delivery program dedicated to creating chef-crafted, nutritious meals and encouraging a well-balanced plant-based diet. Reap’s meal plans consist of Rise Bites (breakfast), Glow Bowls (plant-heavy salads), and Graze Bags (on-the-go snacks). All of their food is free of meat, dairy, gluten, and refined sugars. The end result? Nutrient-dense dishes with restaurant-quality flavor, delivered to you. Amid COVID-19. REAP has taken a series of precautionary measures like refraining from reusing delivery items, such as jars and delivery bags, and will be operating on a no-contact delivery system.
Founded by pastry chef Amelia Dietrich, Warrington-based Molly’s Table is a meal delivery service that provides freshly prepared, already cooked, and ready-to-eat dinners at your doorstep. Every Wednesday, Molly’s Table sends out a new menu for the week and orders must be placed by the following Friday at 5 p.m. Deliveries are carried out the following Tuesday. Each order includes four weekly meal specials and prices vary according to how many people are being served.
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To order from Snap Kitchen, start from a list of dietitian-crafted meal plans and select which meal best suits you. Meal plans range from vegetarian to keto-friendly and beyond. Next, add add your favorite meals and select how many meals you want each week. Each meal is made fresh to order and delivered to your door. Prices start at $9.58 per meal. In the wake of Covid-19, Snap has taken precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of their employees, customers, and communities they serve. To do this, they’re adhering to HACCP safety standards of sanitation.
Co-Owners Noah Carter and David Riviera of Clean Eats Meal Prep are all about making healthy eating convenient with their meal delivery service. Order what you’re craving and drop it in your virtual shopping cart. You can also select nutritionist-curated meal plans from low-carb to keto to gluten-free. All meal items are priced under $13, per item. After paying for your weekly meals, Clean Eats Meal Prep will deliver to your doorstep.
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Fresh N’ Lean is a meal delivery service offering chef-prepared, organic, and ready-made meals on a weekly basis. Ordering from Fresh N’ Lean is simple. It starts with choosing a weekly meal plan; where you can select up to three meals per day for $9.33, per meal. From there, you’re given the option to customize your meal plan. Here’s where you can add additional meals or snacks, order in bulk, and adjust your plan.
DIG prides themselves in changing the food game by providing ingredients from mindfully-sourced farms, reducing waste, and paying it forward by donating to food banks. Though this isn’t a weekly service, you have the option to order several healthy meals at once and stock them for the week. Currently on their seasonal menu, they’ve got veggie-filled market bowls galore and vegan options, all locally-sourced. DIG is accepting online orders for delivery or pickup.
Yep, you know the drill: you have to cook these, but the ingredients will come to you. HelloFresh is a meal delivery service that offers chef-created meals and includes easy-to-follow recipes. HelloFresh caters to pretty much everyone, regardless of their dietary lifestyle. They offer gourmet options, vegetarian options, and kid-approved meals, all of which can be made in under 45 minutes. HelloFresh operates on a monthly meal plan subscription service with meals starting at $7.49.
Another similar option is Blue Apron, a meal delivery service comprising chef-designed recipes that guarantees fresh ingredients delivered right to your door. Blue Apron also includes step-by-step instructions on cooking the recipes, making you the chef. Blue Apron operates on providing two-serving meals and recipes for up to three times a week. Servings start at $7.49, per serving. Once your meal plan is selected, Blue Apron will deliver to your doorstep and the rest is up to you.
To be fair, this one is not a meal service, but they can deliver you a box of pre-selected fresh ingredients at a reasonable price. Right now, family-owned Giordano Garden Groceries is offering what they’re calling the “Fresh Essentials” Box which includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds, eggs, and whole milk, for order or pickup for $35. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, they’ve altered their pickup and delivery hours significantly — find out more here.