Staff Guide | JAnuary 2017
Healthy & Organic Food Delivered To Your Door
The choices we make in the kitchen determine a lot about our health and wellness but they also have a significant impact on the world around us. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 31% of food in America is thrown away and that more than two thirds of that waste occurs in our kitchens.
In the past few years, a number of healthy meal delivery services have set their sights on equipping kitchens with careful ingredient portions to limit this waste and increase healthy living. Companies like Green Chef are proving that food can be delivered in nearly all recyclable material all while increasing organic farming practices and reducing food waste.
From organic groceries to healthy meals you can make at home, these are our favorite food delivery services that simplify our shopping needs while aligning our everyday purchases with our values for ethical labor practices and environmental sustainability. Whether you’re looking for a 3 night a week staple or a special occasion backup plan, we’ve compiled a list of companies that will deliver healthy, organic and delicious meals straight to your door.
Eco & Ethics | GreenChef works with the best local producers, including many small family farms. All of their organic producers demonstrate respect for the environment and their employees through fair labor practices, humane treatment of animals, sustainable, natural practices, and rigorous quality standards. They have vegan and vegetarian meal plans available. GreenChef works exclusively with environmentally conscious, GMO-free suppliers. Their packaging is made from 100% recycled cardboard and all materials are recyclable or compostable.
Give Back | As you share your GreenChef meals with the world through social media, GreenChef donates funds to their charitable partner, Meals On Wheels Association of America.
How It Works | 3 organic meals are delivered to your door each week with perfectly proportioned ingredients and diverse recipes for you to make in around 30 minutes. Choose the menu that fits your lifestyle—from gluten-free couple to vegan family of four, to meat-loving household of six. Prices range from approx. $10 to $15 per meal.
Ship To | Contiguous United States, excluding: Alaska, Hawaii, and delivery to limited areas in Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and Minnesota.
What Reviewers Say | “We were absolutely pleased with our organic Green Chef meals – they were easy, healthy, tasty, and came in comparatively eco-friendly packaging. If you keep trying and failing to come up with time to meal plan, then this is an excellent solution.” - Alden Wicker, Founder of Ecocult
Perks We Love | Receive 4 Free Meals with your first order.
2. Sun Basket
Eco & Ethics | Sun Basket works with hand-selected, seasonal ingredients from the top farms hailing from the Pacific Coast. They use organic and non-GMO ingredients that are responsibly sourced, grass-fed, antibiotic-free pastured meats, and sustainable seafood from partners they trust, all packaged together in a 100% recyclable box. They offer gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options!
Give Back | Sun Basket gives back to their local food banks, and supports giving back through Employee Programs.
How It Works | Choose recipes for 2 or 4 people at a set price of $11.49 per meal - you can customize paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian options, all under 800 calories. All meals are created by a San Francisco chef and approved by their nutritionist! Ingredients are pre-measured in a recyclable insulated box so they stay fresh, and delivered weekly to your door. Feel free to skip any week, or cancel anytime!
Ships To | Contiguous United States, excluding AK, HI, KS, MN, MT, ND, NE & SD.
What Reviewers Say | “I would definitely use Sun Basket again and recommend it to anyone looking to try a subscription meal service, especially those looking for healthy and organic meals. The food was delicious, and while there aren’t a ton of options available each week, all of the meals are so inventive that you’ll have a hard time choosing from the eight. There is a ton of variety in all the ways that matter.” - Sage Lazarro, from Observer
Eco & Ethics | HelloFresh provides customers with fresh, healthy, high-quality ingredients from local suppliers and family farms. Although not organic, all ingredients are natural and seasonal. HelloFresh’s focus on locally sourcing ingredients reduces the distance ingredients have travelled, lowering the CO2 emissions caused by your weekly food basket. Each delivery van delivers food bags to around 50 customers a week ensuring that the delivery vehicle travels the shortest distance possible, reducing CO2 emissions.
How It Works | With a HelloFresh recipe box subscription, you will receive a box of fresh ingredients and delicious recipes every week to make at home. The boxes can be customized for 2-4 people and range from around $8 to $10 per meal.
Ships To | Contiguous U.S. (Excludes Hawaii & Alaska)
What Reviewers Say | “HelloFresh is a huge hit in my home! Everyone thinks Mommy is a gourmet chef now with HelloFresh. The food is delivered to my door step, the instructions for each recipe are easy to follow and the meals are healthy for us!” - Patty Shukla
Perks We Love | Receive $35 off your first box.
4. Home Chef
Eco & Ethics | Home Chef offers ten dinner options, breakfasts, a fruit basket, and a fresh smoothie every week, all of which come in recyclable and environmentally-conscious packaging. They only work with vendors they believe in, who use sustainable practices and demonstrate respect and appreciation for their employees. Check out a few of their partners yourself on their website!
Give Back | When Home Chef has excess ingredients at our facilities, they partner with organizations like Zero Percent and The Greater Chicago Food Depository to ensure that nourishing food gets to the people who need it most.
How It Works | Every week, Help Chef offers 13 new meal delivery options, including gluten-free, low carb, vegetarian, soy-free and nut-free meals, at or around $9.95 each. You can update your taste profile to get better recommendations whenever you’d like, and deliveries are sent straight to your door weekly in their insulated and recyclable box to make in under 30 minutes.
Ships To | Currently ship to 98% of the United States.
What Reviewers Say | “True to its name, Home Chef is the homiest of meal services we've tried. The recipes are simple and not too adventurous, but for some home chefs, that's a good thing.” - Carol Mangis, of PCMag
5. Purple Carrot
Eco & Ethics | Purple Carrot makes exclusively plant-based meals for foodies, being mindful of animals and the environment - their plant-based options help to cut down on carbon emissions, protects farmlands, and conserves water. Sourced from farmers and food makers, all ingredients come pre-measured to avoid waste, in one recyclable box. They take their love of the environment one step further: their products when possible are made from post-consumer waste, their plastic is recyclable and BPA-free, and includes biodegradable liners.
How It Works | Purple Carrot currently offers 2 options: 1-2 person meals at $68/week with 3 meals, and 3-4 person meals at $74/week with 2 meals. Free shipping is included with each purchase, and comes week to your door - skip or cancel anytime. Their meals need fewer than 40 minutes to prepare!
Ships To | Currently, they ship to select regions throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and West Coast (Los Angeles).
What Reviewers Say | “Mark Bittman knows what he's doing. If you're in a cooking rut, but want something easy and healthy, The Purple Carrot is for you. This delivery service offers creative and delicious meals you can make in under an hour.” - Ariel Knutson, of the Kitchn
6. Peach Dish
Eco & Ethics | Aiming to serve wholesome and delicious options, Peach Dish ingredients come organic when possible and they do not source ingredients with trans-fat. They do not explicitly offer “gluten-free” dishes, but do list dishes that have “no added gluten”. All of their US-based suppliers can be found on their website.
Give Back | Peach Dish has started the first-of-its-kind recycling program for subscribers, who can send back their packaging materials to be recycled efficiently.
How It Works | Peach Dish’s classically trained chefs develop Southern-infused and seasonable inspired recipes for their dishes. Order before midnight on Sunday and you’ll receive 2 meals for the week for 2 people - otherwise, they’ll use your dietary and previously ordered preferences to send you what they think is best! Subscribers pay $12.50 or less for each meal, and shipping is free.
Ships To | Contiguous US, excluding Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.
What Reviewers Say | “Great quality ingredients. Like the credo of the company supporting local growers in GA. Definitely one of the best options out there.” - Lorant K.
Eco & Ethics | Plated uses a number of ethical and sustainable practices for their ingredients: their meat is responsibly raised without antibiotics, they support sustainable fishing and partner with trusted fisheries, no added hormones in their poultry, and source organic, fresh ingredients whenever possible.
How It Works | Ranging from $24 to $114, Plated offers weekly 2- or 3-meal options for 1, 2, or 4 people - all dinners are $12 per serving. Plated believes in taking seasonal and staple menus and providing a culinary twist that any home chef can appreciate. They offer 11 creative options each week, and you can skip or cancel anytime.
Ships To | Delivery to 95% of the US, excluding Hawaii, Alaska, and several cities in Texas.
What Reviewers Say | “I felt that Plated delivered exactly what they claimed they would: well-curated, crowd-pleasing recipes that were convenient and easy to prepare.” - Sheela Prakash, of the Kitchn
Eco & Ethics | Winc works directly with winemakers and growers to craft their wines, actively supporting those who practice sustainable farming and winemaking. When possible, they source organically grown grapes from vineyards that practice minimal intervention throughout the winemaking process. Winc has a "zero-waste" office environment, and is constantly looking for ways to decrease their carbon footprint by consolidating every part of the grape-to-glass process. Winc ships wines in recyclable bulk containers and bottle them at a centralized, state-of-the-art facility, a system that avoids the significant carbon impact of added weight and wasted space associated with transporting finished wine in bottle.
Give Back | Winc partners with Charity Water, Pacifica For the Planet, and Venice Arts for Local Flavor through the sales of their wines.
How It Works | Winc is a personalized online wine club that asks you a series of questions about your Palate Profile and let’s you personalize your monthly wine deliveries with wine sourced from organic and sustainable grape vineyards. The monthly experience starts at 3 bottles a month for $39 + $6 flat rate shipping.
Ship To | Currently, they are only able to ship to states which have laws that permit shipment of wine directly to consumers; they are unable to accept orders that are delivered to addresses in AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MI, MS, OK, RI, SD, and UT.
What Reviewers Say | “Their wine selection is amazing! Mostly small-batches from nearly unheard of wineries, a lot from CA, but plenty imported... Whether you're a connoisseur, a wine-lover, or just an occasional grape-drinker, you'll find something for you! And their customer service is amazing!” - Mandy R.
Perks We Love | Receive $20 off your first order plus complimentary shipping on 4+ bottles (exclusive offer).
9. Thrive Market
Eco & Ethical | Thrive Market allows consumer to shop fair trade, healthy, natural, non-GMO, organic, vegan, raw, Paleo, gluten-free, and non-toxic items from the top-selling brands at wholesale prices. All of Thrive’s packaging, boxes and inserts are made from recycled paper and are recyclable and the company is 100% carbon neutral through carbonfund.org.
Giving Back | Thrive Market gives a free membership to a low-income family for every paid member who joins Thrive.
How It Works | A membership at Thrive is the equivalent of $5/month ($59.95 annually) and allows you to shop organic and natural foods in everyday sizes at 25-50% off retail prices. Products are delivered to your door.
What Reviewers Say | “Thrive Market makes healthy living accessible and affordable. This is exactly what the people have been waiting for. Their favorite products at a great price delivered straight to their door no matter where they live.” - Jillian Michaels
Perks We Love | Receive a free jar of Thrive Market virgin organic coconut oil or Justin's Almond Butter and an additional 15% OFF any other items on your first purchase. Happy shopping!