Organic Meal Kits Delivered to Your Door
In the past few years meal kit delivery services like Green Chef and HelloFresh have changed the way we think about home cooking. It is now entirely possible to cook healthy and organic meals while limiting food waste. Recent studies such as this one found that meal kit delivery services have a significantly smaller carbon footprint than equivalent meals bought from a grocery store and prepared at home.
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. A number of healthy and organic meal box delivery services have set their sights on equipping kitchens with careful ingredient portions to limit this waste and increase healthy living.
We’ve interviewed, taste-tested, and scoured reviews to find the best meal kit delivery options that simplify our shopping needs while aligning our everyday purchases with our values for ethical labor practices and environmental sustainability.
You'll find our five favorites below!
#1. 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 organic, gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options for all diets.
Give Back | Sun Basket gives back to their local food banks, and supports giving back through Employee Programs.
How It Works | Choose recipes for two or four people at a set price of $11.99 per meal (serving)—you can customize paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian options, all of which are 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 are 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, and parts of NM.
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 | 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 and natural practices, and rigorous quality standards. GreenChef works exclusively with environmentally conscious, GMO-free suppliers. Their packaging is made from 100% recycled cardboard and all materials are recyclable or compostable. They have organic vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto, gluten-free, and omnivore meal plans available and more, offering the most diverse options of all the boxes we've reviewed.
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 | Three 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 approximately $10 to $15 per meal.
Ship To | Contiguous United States, excluding: Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Louisiana.
What Reviewers Say | “Very impressed with our first Green Chef order! Love the packaging. The fact that it’s organic, gluten free & already prepped makes life easier!” - Joanna via Twitter
Perks We Love | Receive $50 off your first order.
#3. 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. Their options range from gluten-free, low carb, vegetarian, soy-free and nut-free meals.
Give Back | When Home Chef has excess ingredients at their 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, Home Chef offers 13 new meal delivery options, including gluten-free, low carb, vegetarian, soy-free, and nut-free meals, at or around $7.99 each, which is a more affordable price point. You can update your taste profile to get better recommendations whenever you’d like, and deliveries are sent straight to your door weekly in an insulated and recyclable box with meals you can 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
Perks We Love | Receive $30 off your first box.
Eco & Ethics | HelloFresh provides customers with fresh, healthy, and 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 $30 off your first box.
#5. WINC Wines
Eco & Ethics | For your organic wine fix, 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 also 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 bottles 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 lets you personalize your monthly wine deliveries with wine sourced from organic and sustainable grape vineyards. The monthly experience starts at three 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 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).