This post is authored by Ill. & MWB Terry W. Posey, 33°, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Valley of Dayton.

Instacart

Are you concerned about going outside?  Is it recommended that you stay in your home?  There is an answer as to how you are going to get fresh food and supplies.

Food delivery, once a thing of indulgence, may now be a necessity in the age of coronavirus, as people are being instructed to shelter in place, cut physical ties to other people in workplaces and communities, and practice self-isolation and social distancing. Officially called COVID-19, coronavirus is highly contagious, potentially deadly, and at a pandemic level, with thousands of deaths already reported worldwide.

Despite this insanely sad state of affairs, the one thing people still have to do is eat, and for that, they may be forced to leave their homes and interact with others to shop for food and other necessities. These days, a home delivery meal service app can function as a safety precaution so that if you suspect you are infected or are feeling sick, you do not expose others.

What is Instacart?

Instacart allows you to shop your favorite grocery stores from the comfort of your home, using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Select the items you want and schedule a delivery. The groceries can be delivered to your doorstep in as little as an hour, but you can also request for them to be delivered later in the day, or even in a few days (you can schedule a delivery up to six days ahead of time). You also have the option of picking the groceries up yourself in store, which still saves you the hassle of walking the aisles in search of your desired items. Simply shop for what you want on Instacart, select a pickup time, and show up to the grocery store later to pick up your items. Only select locations of some grocery stores offer the option of pick-up.

Stores in the central Dayton area include:

Kroger

TARGET

Aldi

Meijer

Costco

CVS

Petco

Sams Club

Gordon Food Service

Who shops for you?

A personal shopper will choose all your produce for you, carefully selecting fresh items on your behalf. You can also leave a note for your shopper, specifying the level of ripeness you’d prefer for your fruits and vegetables. For example, if you’re planning to make banana bread tomorrow, you’ll want very ripe fruit, but if you’re preparing avocado toast next week, you may want to specify less ripe produce. Instacart shoppers are also attentive to expiration dates, so you don’t have to worry about receiving items that expire tomorrow. Shoppers handle fragile items such as eggs and glass jars with care, and if an ordered item is out of stock, the shopper will find you a close replacement, verifying it with you before purchasing it.

Where is Instacart available?

Instacart is available in regions all over the country. If you’re curious to find out whether you can use Instacart where you live, enter your zip code here. Although Instacart may not be delivering in your area just yet, the company could be expanding to your neighborhood soon. Click “Get notified when we expand to your area” if you want to receive an update when Instacart becomes available to you.

Delivery hours

Their delivery windows start as early as 9am and run as late as midnight, depending on your local store hours. Delivery hours are subject to store operating hours, including holidays.

You can view available delivery times for your store from the store page and shopping cart.

How quickly can they deliver to you?

Many customers choose to have delivery in the next 2 hours, while others opt to schedule their delivery up to 6 days in advance.

To find out the stores from which Instacart offers delivery, enter your zip code here

Create your account

You can create an account by visiting instacart.com! Use your email address, Google, or Facebook authentication to sign up.

You can also download the Instacart app on iOS or Android devices.

How many accounts can I have?  
Only one personal account is permitted per person or household. Secondary accounts used for business purposes are acceptable.

Accounts are not limited to one delivery address, or even one area! Entering a new delivery address when you log in will provide you with store options for that area.

Instacart Express

Instacart Express is a membership option for customers who want to use Instacart regularly. For a flat annual cost or a low monthly fee, you can enjoy unlimited free deliveries* on all orders over $35.

Instacart Express benefits

Instacart Express members enjoy exclusive benefits on every order—

  • $0 delivery fees on orders of $35 or more (typically $3.99-$7.99 for non-Express)
  • Reduced service fees (typically 5% for non-Express)*
  • No busy pricing fees during peak delivery hours
  • Shop at a variety of stores with free delivery on the entire order

*The service fee covers a broad range of operating costs including shopper operations, insurance, background checks, and Instacart Care.

Instacart Express membership and renewal

You can enjoy an Instacart Express membership and pay either monthly or annually. Terms for both membership types are shared when you sign up. Memberships automatically renew year to year or month to month (depending upon your membership term), unless you make changes in your account.

  • Annual memberships are billed each year on the same date. 
  • Monthly memberships are charged each month on the same day.

*Note: This membership does not give you faster delivery or earlier time slots than other customers. Likewise, membership with Instacart Express does not guarantee that specific delivery slots will be available for a given delivery. Service fees, special handling fees, and/or tips may still apply.

The Valley is providing you this information strictly as a service and neither receives any compensation from, nor takes any responsibility for the use of Instacart.