Illustration by ARIANA MARALIT


As much of the world practices social distancing to stop the spread of the disease, trips to the grocery store are one of the few reasons many of us still are allowed to leave the house. But the logistics of shopping for groceries can be daunting. What happens if some key items on my shopping list are sold out? How do I keep my distance in a crowded produce aisle? And just how many people have touched that jar of peanut butter or can of mushrooms we brought home?

When it comes to ordering in, the food itself is unlikely to be much of a danger, according to Manila Bulletin Lifestyle resident columnist Dr. Eduardo Gonzales. “In any case, to date, there has been no established case of transmission of the virus by handling grocery items,” he said.

In fact, the biggest risk when it comes to Covid-19 and groceries is coming into close contact with another person who has the disease. “That’s why it’s important to stay at least six feet from other people at all times,” Gonzales added.

In response to the growing needs of consumers, companies like Foodpanda have launched a grocery service that allows users to purchase supplies from partner stores.

With more than 100 partners on board, shoppers can order a mix of staple ingredients along with sandwiches, beverages, and ready-to-cook meat and seafood. Items are delivered right in front of your doorstep, at an average delivery time of 25 minutes or less. And you can also track the rider in real-time.

“With this newly added service, we’re confident that this will bring delight and satisfaction to our customers who need easy access to their daily essentials, while providing elevated experiences to Filipinos’ everyday lives,” said Foodpanda’s head of grocery Paolo Biondi Te.

Whatever food choices you end up making, it’s important to follow the pandemic eating commandments that many public health experts have already laid out: Don’t shop at a crowded grocery store, have a shopping list with you, and ask delivery people to leave food on your doorstep (and not hand it off to you).

Taken together, these guidelines are a powerful way of reducing the potential health risks to you and others that come with getting food—whether from a grocery store or a restaurant, via pickup or delivery.

Source: Manila Bulletin (