All you have to do is hop on social media, or any kind of media for that matter, and you’ll be bombarded by the latest food trend – meal kit delivery. As you probably already know, meal kit delivery services will send boxes straight to your door (as often as you choose) filled with convenient pre-measured ingredients and step-by-step directions, allowing you to create complete meals quickly without the hassle of shopping or in-depth meal planning. In fact, we love this concept so much that we even created a Guide to Meal Kit Delivery Services to help you find the best one for your family.
However, while they guarantee fast, fresh delivery and, often, sustainably-sourced ingredients, many of these services are not local to the Richmond area. And most of us would agree, supporting our local businesses, including farmers, is important. So today, we’re taking a look at some services in Richmond that might just change the way your family eats forever.
For all of us with busy families and more good intentions than time, planning, shopping for, and actually making healthy meals day in and day out poses a bit of challenge – and even meal kits require a little bit of time and effort in the kitchen. Fortunately, there are a number of services right here in the Greater Richmond area that have take the idea of meal kits to the next level and provide healthy, ready-made meals that can be delivered right to your door or picked up at convenient area locations as and when you need them.
To get a better idea of the advantages of these meal delivery services, we examined look following things and chose our favorites based on who we felt had the best of everything:
- Wide range of menu options to include special dietary needs
- Affordable pricing
- Flexible delivery and/or pick-up options
What we discovered is that the following five meal delivery services in Richmond will not only help make feeding your busy family easier, but they offer you a chance to support local businesses in a sustainable way that is beneficial to everyone. The best part is that each of these locally owned and operated services provides something a little different. So while we normally rank our Best of Richmond features in order of our favorites, this time we’ve included our top five picks along with the features that set them apart, allowing you to choose the one that’s best for your family and your needs.
Take a look at these amazing meal delivery services and as you approach the coming school year filled with after-school activities and overwhelming schedules, know that you have a healthy, affordable meal options for fast food that isn’t “fast food.”
Supper Made Simple is a home delivery meal provider that focuses on fresh, “home” cooked meals and personal service. While they don’t offer a broad daily menu, they do offer a wide variety of comfort foods, lighter meals, and daily substitution meals should their current offering not be to your taste or dietary needs.
How it works: Sign up by email or by calling (804) 740-5200 and fresh meals with heating instructions will be delivered on your desired days between 1pm and 6pm. If you’re not home for delivery, simply leave a cooler and ice pack outside. For long-term customers, Supper Made Simple provides a reusable insulated bag and ice-pack. Check out their FAQs for more information.
Pricing: Supper Made Simple provides a daily menu selection with two convenient pricing plans. You can choose from the $10.95/day plan for one with meal delivery 2-5 days a week. Or you can choose the family plan at $27.85/day. The family plan is also delivered 2-5 days a week and feeds up to four people. Best of all, there are no long term commitments, no delivery or tipping fees, and scheduling is flexible.
Delivery areas: Supper Made Simple currently delivers to the West End of Richmond, the East of the Museum District, parts of the East-end and South-side into Midlothian, Bon Air, and Northern Chesterfield. The following zip codes are included: 23059, 23060, 23228, 23227, 23294 and some of 23222; 23113, 23114, 23225, 23235, 23236, 23226, 23221, 23230, 23238, 23229, 23233, and 23294.
Special dietary needs: While Supper Made Simple does not currently offer a gluten-free option, nut-free options are available. However, they do not have a nut-free or gluten-free facility at this time, so be sure to mention any special dietary concerns at sign-up.
Contact / Sign-up: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 740-520
If healthy foods is your number one priority, then Daily Jars might just be the meal delivery service for you. Daily Jars provides ready-to-eat meals that thoughtfully sources including s including both local and organic produce, making it easy to eat healthy even on the busiest days of the week. Their menu includes a wide variety of options available in single, a la carte portions, allowing you to choose a different meal for different family members or the same item for everyone. This flexible feature makes it especially helpful for families with special dietary needs as their weekly menu always includes options that are free from refined sugars, as well as gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free options.
How it works: Simply go online, select your meals for the week (as many or as few as you’d like) by midnight on Wednesday. And don’t worry, they’ll stay fresh for up to five days! There is no subscription or sign-up needed. Your meals will be delivered fresh the following Monday during one of two delivery times: 9:30am – 2:30pm or 6pm – 9:30pm. If you’re not going to be home for delivery, all you have to do is leave out a cooler with ice packs. Delivery fees range from $4.95 to $9.95 based on distance, but all orders of $60 or more qualify for free delivery. If you would prefer to pick your order up, you can stop by Good Foods Grocery at Stony Point Shopping Center on Mondays during store hours, 8am – 9pm.
Pricing: Because all of Daily Jars’ meals are a la carte, you’ll never have to worry about being locked into a subscription or ongoing payment plan. Most meals are priced between $10 – $13, with smaller sides and soups coming in around $5 – $6.
For those interested in clean eating and whole foods, Human Food RVA prides themselves on providing healthy whole foods with minimal processed ingredients and preservatives. Their meals are gluten-free, dairy-free and processed/refined sugar-free; but what really sets them apart is how easy they make it to plan for a special diets or other dietary needs. Their options include paleo, vegetarian, and vegan selections, but you can also customize your meals with their new a la carte meal prep function which allows you to choose menus based on special eating plans like Whole 30, or including specific allergies, etc.
Pricing: Most meals range in price from $9.50-$10 with no minimum, allowing you to get exactly what you want in the exact quantities you need. Their a la carte system also makes it possible for you to order just your own lunches for the week, or dinner meals for the whole family custom suited to individual palates. Plus, right now you can get 10% off your first order and 10% off orders of $100 or more.
This ready-to-eat meal company comes from the owners of Tazza Kitchen, a long time Richmond favorite. Building on their reputation for quality, seasonal, and sustainably-sourced food, they offer a wide selection of made-from-scratch favorites perfect for carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, and gluten-freers alike. All of their meals are made fresh and packaged in compostable containers for easy refrigeration and reheating, allowing you to have responsible “home” cooked meals at your convenience, without the hassle of cooking. With ordering available anytime and pick-up available in as few as 30 minutes, they offer incredible convenience, even if you find yourself scrambling for a healthy dinner at the last minute. If it’s been a particularly long day, you can even add beer and wine to your order. They don’t offer delivery like our other services, but with two convenient pick-up locations, there was no way we were leaving them off the list!
Text or call (804) 885-6015
SHORT PUMP – 3332 Pump Road, Henrico, Virginia 23233
Text or call (804) 885-6036
Personal Chef To Go is the only service on our list that delivers nationwide. But thanks to their homebase in Mechanicsville, they serve as a local provider for the Greater Richmond area. Headed by a team of world-renowned chefs, Personal Chef To Go really is like having a personal chef thanks to their wide menu selection and incredible flavors. You can get your fresh, ready-made meals weekly in five, eight, or 10 meal packages starting as low as $78. Made with locally sourced vegetables, FDA approved meats, and whole grains, meals are delivered fresh in special reduced oxygen containers that not only allow for easy reheating, but that will stay fresh in your fridge for 10-12 days, allowing you to plan ahead, even into the next week.
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