KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 17, 2020
By Veronica Miko
Although restaurants have altered their services and grocery stores have reduced their hours, residents can still support Katy establishments and practicing social distancing by choosing restaurant, pharmacy, and grocery delivery services.
The following information can change as local officials respond to the coronavirus.
Currently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have no reports that suggest COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be transmitted through food or food packaging. Therefore, food-delivery services allow for a safe way to enjoy your Katy faves.
1. DOOR DASH
Katy families can select from local establishments to fulfill cravings while stuck at home.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Door Dash has stated: “If you prefer a no-contact delivery or need to request one for health reasons, you can make that request today in the delivery instructions.”
In affected areas, Door Dash is taking additional precautions by distributing hand sanitizer and gloves to Dashers.
2. UBER EATS
Using the Uber Eats app is quick and easy. Simply click on the picture of your favorite Katy restaurant and they will deliver your order! If you don't have the app, you can also order from your computer using their easy-to-navigate website.
Uber Eats posted to customers: “If you prefer, you can leave a note in the Uber Eats app to ask your delivery person to leave your food at the door.”
Grubhub picks up orders from many participating local establishments, providing Katy families with the flexibility of selecting from different cuisines and choosing when they want them delivered.
Grubhub posted a statement announcing that they have “provided drivers and restaurants with the CDC’s recommendations that focus on good hygiene.”
The company is also deferring commission payments for local restaurants who may be affected by the outbreak.
Enter your Katy zip code on the Postmates app or website and order your favorite meal from a variety of Katy establishments.
Feeling sick and don’t want to leave the house? Postmates offers pickup from CVS and Walgreens for all of your health-related needs.
Postmates released the following statement on deliveries: “We recently introduced non-contact deliveries, which allows customers to specify where they would like their order to be left (for instance, on their doorstep or in their building’s lobby).”
Favor takes dining options one step further by delivering groceries from companies such as H-E-B and Kroger too.
Their "Runners" provide food delivery services and quick errands (what did you forget at the Target?) in under an hour. Favor also offers delivery fees as low as $1 from select stores and restaurants. Plus, Favor now offers no-contact delivery on all purchases.
Instacart connects you with Personal Shoppers in the Katy area to shop for and deliver groceries from your favorite stores. Schedule your groceries to be delivered in as little as an hour, or later in the day or week.
Instacart offers no-contact delivery as well as a pickup option from the retailer.
Shipt delivers everything you'd want or need from your local store, with next-hour delivery options available. Choose from your favorite grocery stores including H-E-B and Costco as well as supplies for you furry friends from PetCo.
In response to COVID-19, Shipt stated that they are: “encouraging optional no-contact deliveries or door drops-offs, in which shoppers will leave your order in a secure spot at your door.”