So you’re avoiding the supermarket. We don’t blame you.  Suddenly, they are depressing with their empty shelves and restrictive signs.

Shopping online has generally been more expensive, with the addition of a delivery fee and having to pay for extra bags. But right now, it might be the only option for many people. And it might actually be the astute option.

Places like Woolworths and Harris Farms are making it easy by offering pre-made boxes. And some stores are making it affordable for those who have been hit hard by COVID-19.

But beware – prices vary widely.

This week, Woolworths announced it will be offering a ‘Basics Box’ which costs shoppers $80, and includes contactless doorstep deliver by Australia Post.

Harris Farms claims that their $250 box will make 15 meals meals for four people. That would be just over $4 per person per meal – way cheaper than a Subway sandwich.

But there are other small local providers which are also doing grocery boxes that won’t break the bank.

Here we lift the lid on food boxes and compare the prices of some of the popular food and grocery boxes.

Food and grocery boxes

Woolworths

Woolworths earlier this week, announced that they have created a ‘Basic Box’. The box will contain meals, snacks and other essential items. Australia Post will deliver between two to five business days of order. The only downside is that customers can’t choose, switch or select specific products within the box.

Price: A ‘Basics Box’ will cost vulnerable shoppers $80.

Harris Farm

Harris Farm, known for their locally sourced produced, has created a special grocery box to feed the family for five days. The team at Harris Farm will select in season fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, eggs and milk. Like the Woolworths box, there is no swapping items out, so it’s luck of the draw. The great thing about the food box is that it’s delivered by someone in the restaurant supply industry who’s doing it tough.

Harris Farms claim that the box will make 15 nourishing meals for four people.

Price: A Harris Farm Express box costs $250.

If you’re going hyper local, many restaurants have revamped their offerings to not only provide takeaways, but affordable food boxes as well. There are a host in Melbourne and Sydney which will also stock you up with free range eggs, handmade pasta and home-grown vegetables.

Sydney

Nel restaurant

The Surry Hills based restaurant are offering three different boxes to residents in the Inner West, Eastern suburbs, Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches. They will prepare a box with vegetables that are in season like sweet corn, onions, bananas, etc. And customers can pick between either a meat or seafood box. The boxes will also provide you with the basics like eggs, rice and stock. And, they will also give you recipe cards to make restaurant quality meals.

Price: Food boxes start from $80 for a selection of vegetables and recipes from the chefs. Or, $130 for a meat or seafood with vegetables box.

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My Organic School

There are a number of schools in the Eastern Suburbs, Inner City, Inner West and Lower North Shore. If you become a member, you can buy a box of organic produce which will include items like lettuce, carrots, zucchini, potatoes, apples, mandarins and more. The produce is delivered to your door and the money goes towards children learning about healthy eating.

Price: Grocery boxes start from $65 and include items like sweet corn, butternut pumpkin, Sebago potatoes, apples and more.

Click here for more information.

Melbourne

Good Times Milk Bar

The Good Times Milk Bar has fresh produce boxes come in small and large sizes. Both come with staples like avocado, broccoli, garlic, apples, mushrooms, tomatoes and herbs. There are also add-on options which include toilet paper, milk, bread and eggs. You can even get slow roast beef brisket as well as braised pork shoulder.

Price: Start from $49 for a small box, or $79 for a large box, these goodies are organic and come with items like chillies, tomatoes, celery, garlic, apples and mushrooms.

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Theodore’s

This local haunt in Brunswick has lovely fruit and veg boxes, starting from $49. The store also has on offer, whole family pies, sourdough bread, bone broth, seasonal jam, and haloumi. The grocers even offer items like a giant toilet roll for just $10.

Price: Fruit and veg boxes start from $49. But there are a bunch of extras.

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Pre-prepared cook at home kits

Dinnerly

Dinnerly delivers fresh meal boxes in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania. Customers can choose between a two or four-person meal plan. The meals are never frozen. The meal you cook ranges from beef steak fajitas with lime, rice, cumin or chicken cashew nut with oyster sauce and onions. Recipes are simple and you only need basic cooking techniques. Digital recipe cards are emailed to you.

Price: Meal kits start from $5.25 per portion for five meals, for a family of four. The total to $113. There is a delivery fee of $8.95.

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Marley Spoon

Marley Spoon Meal Kits. The company delivers gourmet food from local suppliers where you can cook a meal in about 30 minutes. Customers can choose between a two or four-person meal plan. You can choose from 27 recipes weekly which includes meat and fish, vegetarian, low carb and no-added gluten options. Some of the meals include Tex-Mex beef burgers, chicken with root veggie mash and Moussaka Pasta Bake.

Price: Meal kits start from $8.50 per portion for five meals, for a family of four. The total equals to $178.95. There is a delivery fee of $8.95.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh also makes weekly deliveries of farm fresh food boxes to your front door. Like Marley Spoon and Dinnerly, Hello Fresh will send you pre-chopped and weighed out food to ensure as little food wastage as possible. There are three plans available including a Veggie Plan, Classic Plan and Family Plan. The Classic Plan includes 10 recipes each week, while the Family Plan is designed for parents with young children. Some of the menu items include sage and rosemary crumbed chicken, steak and tarragon sauce, and more.

Price: Meal kits start from $7.49 per portion, for five meals, for a family of four. The total cost is $149.81. There is a delivery fee of $9.99.

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Pre prepared meals

Dinner Ladies

Dinner Ladies provide both fresh and frozen meals including items like Lamb Rogan Josh with cauliflower and spinach. The menu changes weekly and includes main meals, soups, snacks, salads as well as sauces and desserts. There are options including vegetarian, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and pork-free meals.

Price: Meals start from $6 (for soups) to $23. Minimum order of $50 for deliveries. Delivery is free for orders of more than $100 or $7.50 for orders between $50 and $100.

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Youfoodz

There are breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks available through Youfoodz. You can buy individual meals in the supermarket. Each meal comes with a list of ingredients and if you require dairy-free, gluten-free or vegetarian meals, there are options available. Some of the meals include rosemary roast lamb with roast vegetables and mint-infused mash, or satay chicken with stir fry veggies.

Price: Most lunches and dinners cost $9.95. Delivery is $20 to Perth, $10 to Cairns, Darwin, Townsville, Southwest NSW and the NSW border. It is free to all other locations.

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