Groceries and food assistance

Many grocers are adding online purchase, pick-up and delivery services to help protect against COVID-19. However, as the demand for these services increases, their capacity to fill orders may slow down. Ordering early will help with these delays. In addition, you may want to use amazon.ca, Walmart.ca, or Costco.ca (still need a membership) to order groceries, household goods or other items.

Grocers with online services

  • Save on Foods: Sign up for an account, select your food, and check out. You can choose a delivery day for your food to be dropped off, or do an in-store pickup at a participating location. Pickup is free; delivery costs between $5-13.

  • Loblaws: Sign up for an account, select your food, and check out. You can select delivery options, or do an in-store pickup at a participating location. There will be a service fee for pickup or delivery.

  • Thrifty Foods: Sign up for an account, select your food, and check out. You can select delivery options, or do an in-store pickup at a participating location. There will be a service fee of $4.95 to pickup and $7.95 for delivery.

  • Stong’s Market: Limited daily deliveries and pickups, and must order before 9 a.m. daily. Cost varies.

  • Instacart.ca: This is an on-demand grocer where you can order goods from Loblaws, T&T Market, Superstore, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and Staples in one place. They advertise delivery in “as little as one hour.” The pricing varies by purchases and can be upwards on $10.

  • Spud.ca: You can set up on-demand groceries, ordering what you need when you need it, or do a subscription order for things like “Produce Kits” or “Family Kits.” They deliver to specific areas on specific days. Delivery is free on your scheduled delivery day and on orders over $35. There may be an additional charge if you request a specific delivery day or are ordering outside of Spud’s delivery zone.

  • JOEY restaurants offers the Joey Market grocery delivery service.

If you are ordering delivery or take-out, if possible, try to arrange for contactless delivery: so there is less physical contact between yourself and others.

Food assistance 

  • The Salvation Army offers a frozen meal program for all, especially for seniors. They deliver twice a week to individuals who can not come and purchase. Seniors who have access to the internet can view their menu on their website and purchase online

  • North Shore Neighbourhood House provides lunches on Saturdays outside the back door, 1 – 2 p.m. Check upcoming food bank days.

  • North Shore Alliance Church offers grocery shopping assistance to seniors, people with health challenges, and recent travellers in quarantine. The cost is covered if you are unable to pay. Please call 604- 984-6422 to register for this program. Additionally, people experiencing homelessness can visit the church office Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and receive a food card for Save-On Foods.

  • BC 211 – Please call 211 or visit bc211.ca for a list of available services.

Community Food Asset Map: A great resource for helping people locate low-cost free meals, groceries, places where they can grow their food, and kitchen and food programs.
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