Grocery Shopping During Coronavirus

It's not only a time of crisis. It’s also a time for mutual concern, care, generosity, and intelligent shopping.

Over the last year, I’ve started getting friends a 6 month Shipt membership after they have their first baby. For those of you unaware, Shipt is an organization that provides grocery delivery for a number of stores, including Target, HEB, CVS, and Meijer. During this time of crisis, you may want to consider getting a membership as a gift for friends and family who are not in a place to go out in public, whether because of age or health conditions. That way they can keep getting what they need without having to go to the store.

I’m a Target employee (disclaimer; also, opinions here are my own), so I’m familiar with all of the ways in which our guests can get groceries. In an effort to bring in more guests, many grocery chains have increased their “fulfillment options” (how they get grocery orders to guests). During this time of crisis in the United States, taking advantage of these options can help protect you, your family, and your community. They can also save you and other shoppers time, since you won’t hold up checkout lines or increase in-store traffic. Wherever you shop, look online to see if your store has any of these options:


For a number of stores, Target has the option to place an order online or through their app using “Drive Up.” You put together your order and select “Drive Up” as the fulfillment option. Once you’re notified that your order is ready, you drive to the Target, park in one of the “Drive Up” spots, and a Target team member will bring the groceries out to your car. You won’t have to go into the store, you don’t have to wait for checkout, and the minimal number of hands are touching your groceries. (Just FYI, not all stores offer refrigerated or frozen items through the drive-up option.)

In-Store Pickup

Similar to drive up, placing an in-store pickup order online means that a Target team member gets your groceries. You then go to the store and head to the in-store pickup location in the store. The team will have your groceries ready, so you can walk in, pick them up, and walk right out.


See above. A great option if you are nervous about leaving the house. Just note that a Shipt shopper will have to go to the store for you and then deliver the groceries.

Shop for Friends, Family, and Community Members

This is not a Target fulfillment option, but it’s something you can do to help others. If you are young and healthy, consider reaching out through your church or community organization or the NextDoor app to see if you can deliver groceries for higher risk community members. Keep in mind that people aged 20 to 29 have been found to be most likely carrying the coronavirus, so be extremely intentional about good hygiene and what you touch if you do delivery. But anything you can do to help keep people at home as much as possible makes a difference. Now is not only a time of crisis. It’s also a time for mutual concern, care, and generosity.

Some grocery store fulfillment options:

  • More on Target’s fulfillment options here.
  • Walmart pickup and delivery information here.
  • Info on ways to shop at Kroger here.
  • Whole Foods grocery delivery and pickup info here.
  • CostCo delivery options here.

Any other recommendations for safe grocery shopping during coronavirus? Please share in the comments!

Chris Damian is a writer, speaker, attorney, and business professional living in the Twin Cities. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. and M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas. He is the author of “I Desired You: Intellectual Journals on Faith and (Homo)sexuality” (volumes I and II). He is also the co-founder of YArespond, a group of Catholic young adults seeking informed and holistic responses to the clergy abuse crisis. In his free time, he enjoys hosting dinner parties and creative writing workshops. 

1 comment on “Grocery Shopping During Coronavirus

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