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Sustaining a Healthy Diet During the COVID-19 Pandemic


During this time of the coronavirus outbreak it is important to sustain a healthy diet to keep a positive healthy mind and a vibrant energy level. Browse these tips and resources to help with sourcing, cleaning and preparing food.

Local Community Supporated Agriculture (CSA) Programs

From June to November, enjoy farm fresh produce and support a local farm by signing up for a CSA program. Find a farm with a convenient pick-up location or a weekly delivery service.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Start your day right with breakfast and balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Healthy snacks such as nuts, fresh and dried fruits, whole grain crackers, and nut butters are preferred over high fat, high salt and sugary processed foods.

Food Safety at Home

Healthy diets include a balance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Follow these simple steps of wash, chill, separate from the CDC. Cornell University offers do's and don't as well as anwsers FAQs.

Staying Safe When Leaving Home

When leaving home to get essentials during the coronavirus outbreak can raise questions about how to stay safe and protect others. Below are resource to help answer questions.

    Exclusive Hours at Supermarkets

    Many supermarkets are offering shopping hours for seniors and people living with a disabilities. When possible try to shop during the exclusive hours. Stores near you that might be participating include:

    • Acme | Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 9 AM
    • Balducci's | The first hour each day | Delivery through
    • Costco | Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 8 AM to 9 AM
    • DeCicco & Sons | Monday – Sunday 8 AM to 9 AM
    • Stew Leonard's | One hour early each day
    • Stop & Shop | Every morning between 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM
    • Target | First hour of shopping every Wednesday | Order online for pickup, drive up or shipping.
    • The Fresh Market | Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 9 AM
    • The Harrison Market | Every morning between 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM
    • Trader Joe's | Every day between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM, Crew Members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for our senior customers.
    • Whole Foods | One hour before opening the store to the general public. | Order online via Amazon Prime for delivery.

    Grocery Delivery Services

    If you plan to stay in and wish to avoid lines here are a few grocery delivery services that will bring fresh food to your front door.

    Meal Delivery Services

    While practicing social distancing, many people are turning to meal delivery services due to their convenience and safety.

    • HelloFresh —flexible plans that offer the greatest variety of recipes and meals for the whole family (picky eaters included).
    • Sun Basket known for their commitment to certified organic and sustainable meals with antibiotic and hormone free meats and seafood.
    • Blue Apron Chef-designed recipes geared more towards adults.
    • Freshly Chef prepared meals that are ready without any preparation or clean up, microwavable in just 3 minutes.
    • Daily Harvest focuses on fruits and vegetables with choices of ready to blend smoothies, soups, and bowls.