Friday, April 10, 2020

Food delivery: which grocery and meal delivery services have slots right now?

Update 10/04/20: Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Asda have increased their food delivery slots and click-and-collect capacity by around 800,000 slots in total. These supermarkets are using customer and government data to identify elderly and vulnerable customers for priority food delivery slots, so make sure you've signed up to the government's database of clinically vulnerable people if you need support.

Morrisons currently has few food delivery slots, but in some areas of the UK it's possible to order Morrisons products through Amazon Prime Now. If you don't have a Prime membership, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Prime, and cancel before the trial ends with no strings attached. You can also order an essential food box from Morrisons from £30, which will be delivered to your door.

Some meal delivery services are still running too - see below. There are also plenty of local community groups that are organising food delivery for people who are self-isolating via Facebook, WhatsApp and more, so keep an eye on what's happening in your area.

Online food delivery services have been under strain since the coronavirus lockdown. It hasn't been easy to book a grocery delivery, but as we move further into April we're starting to see small signs of progress.

The main advice, still, is to visit a physical store if you can, so that supermarkets can prioritise food delivery slots for elderly or vulnerable customers. However, if you need to order food online, many supermarkets are releasing small numbers of food delivery slots for elderly or vulnerable customers throughout the day - so keep trying. You should be able to find a slot eventually.  

Food delivery: quick links

Grocery delivery

Recipe box and meal delivery

Pizza delivery

Takeaway delivery

Alcohol delivery

So when will more online grocery delivery slots open up? We've signed up to all the major supermarkets and we're assessing the situation daily across the country, in London, Leeds, Portsmouth, Manchester and Bath. 

Your area may differ, but it currently looks like it'll be mid-April before we start to see many more food delivery slots available. However, we'll tell you which supermarkets are offering food delivery slots here, as soon as we see them. 

Please remember to use all food delivery services responsibly. Only order what you need to preserve stocks for others who might be in need. 

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