Shopping for Food Safely


At APD, we’ve always cared about your health. But how should you stay healthy when everything is suddenly so different?

Welcome to Community Care News, a free service from APD designed to help you know how to stay healthy as a very different future unfolds for all of us. Here we will share tips about food, exercise, sleep, and other issues important to improve your health in simple but important ways every day.

Community Care News Edition #1: Shopping for Food Safely

Our goal is help you understand how and where to safely secure food in the Upper Valley, whether it’s from grocery stores, restaurants, or food pantries. You don’t need to disinfect your groceries. There are, however, steps you can take to keep yourself and others healthy.

Be aware of your risks — focus on the people, not the food

Many people are concerned about getting COVID-19 from their food and their groceries. Rest assured that the FDA has said that there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 is spread through food or food packaging. The main way the virus is spread is through person-to-person contact. The big threat here isn’t a head of broccoli, can of beans, or box of cereal – it’s other people.

Minimize trips and avoid crowds

The goal is to avoid other people. Minimize your trips to the store. Reduce your time spent inside the store. And, stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

If possible, you should shop alone. Leave your children at home. It will reduce their exposure and keep them safe.

Don’t touch your face and don’t use your phone

Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Viruses, including the one that causes COVID-19, can enter your body this way and make you sick.

Your phone is dirty and often touches your face. Don’t use it in the store. Try bringing a paper grocery list instead and don’t make calls or send texts. Can’t avoid the temptation? Leave it in the car.

Wash your hands!

There’s no need for gloves in the grocery store. It’s more important to wash your hands. Wash your hands as soon as you get home, after putting your groceries away, and before cooking and eating. And, remember to wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

Protect others and wear a mask

You can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. You should wear a cloth face cover when grocery shopping to help prevent the spread of the virus to those around you. (Learn about cloth mask donations here.)

Upper Valley Grocery Stores

Many Upper Valley grocery stores are working to make it safer to shop by offering curbside pick-up, designating special hours for shoppers who are a greater risk of health complications or who are front-line health care workers. Please check these store websites for the latest information.


General Shoppers Hours

At-Risk Shoppers Hours

Delivery or curbside pickup services?

Price Chopper 
Lebanon, West Lebanon, and Windsor, VT



Instacart available for delivery and curbside pickup.


Co-op Food Stores
Hanover, NH



Curbside pickup in Hanover

Co-op Food Store
Lebanon, NH



Essential Persons Hour: 8:00pm–9:00pm


West Lebanon, NH


6:00am–7:00am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Hannaford To Go provides curbside pickup.


West Lebanon, NH


7:00am–9:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Delivery and pick-up available.

BJ’s Wholesale Club
West Lebanon, NH




Stern’s Quality Produce



Call ahead/curbside pickup


If you would like to make a change or add a store to the list above, please email Liz Swanton.


Many local restaurants are making all or a portion of their menus available for pick-up or delivery. You can find a listing of local restaurants that are open for delivery or curbside pickup at the Upper Valley Business Alliance website.

Food Support

We know many people in our community have had their jobs and income change. Here are some valuable links if you need help getting food. Because information is changing so fast, check websites or give places a call before you venture out.

Upper Valley food resources by town, maintained by Upper Valley Strong

NH Food Access Map, maintained by UNH Cooperative Extension


Want more? Read these articles…
Your coronavirus grocery questions, answered by experts. Vox, April 3, 2020
Food safety and COVID-19. JAMA, April 9, 2020
No you don't need to disinfect your groceries. VPR, April 12, 2020