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Essentials: Food, Transportation & Services during COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Updated: 05/13/20

Downtown & nearby grocery stores & pharmacies

Check their websites or call for the latest information and adjusted hours.

Royal Blue Grocery: 7:00 AM-11:59 PM | Delivery and Curbside Available (Congress Ave. store is temporarily closed)

Whole Foods Market: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM  | Guests 60+ can start shopping at 7:00 AM

Trader Joe’s: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Open to our senior customers (age 60 and over) and customers with disabilities who may need extra assistance. Closed Sunday 4/12

Target: 7:00 AM-9:00 PM | Order pickup and Drive-up Services Available

CVS Pharmacy: Store hours: 7:00 AM-9:00 PM | Pharmacy hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-8:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

H-E-B: 7:00 AM-10:00 PM | Rx Delivery: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM on weekdays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM on Saturdays | Curbside & Home Delivery Services Available

Wheatsville Co-op: Store Hours: 10:00 AM -9:00 PM | Senior and high-risk shopping hours on Tues & Thurs, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

SFC Farmers’ Market at Republic Square
Remains open on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM with some new restrictions in place. Review all of the new guidelines and safety commitments before you go.


Get a free BCycle 3-day Explorer Pass!
Use promo code ATX512 on the BCycle app or website for the free pass. Be sure to keep your rides under 60 minutes to avoid usage fees, and BCycle reminds you to stay at least 6’ from other riders!

Lime Scooters Return with Free Rides for Essential Workers
Lime scooters are reactivating small fleets of scooters with free rides for healthcare workers & law enforcement.

CapMetro Service Updates:

Free fares on CapMetro through May 
CapMetro is extending free fares for essential trips and workers through May, encouraging riders to continue to follow health guidelines for yourself and others.UT Shuttle Service will not operate while the shelter-in-place order is in effect.
MetroExpress Service will be temporarily suspended beginning March 30.

Austin Transportation is offering free 3-day B-Cycle passes
Passes are for community members making essential trips. When biking to essential activities, maintain 6+ feet from others and wash your hands after each trip.

RideAustin will temporarily suspend operations beginning on Monday, March 30.

Food Resources & Takeout Options

The Sustainable Food Center’s Complete Guide to Fresh Food in Austin from Farm Stands to CSAs to Resources for Low-income Families

SFC Farmers’ Markets (Accept and Match up to $30 for SNAP and WIC purchases)
Downtown: Saturdays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Republic Square | 422 Guadalupe St. Austin

SFC’s List of Local Food Delivery Services:

Farmhouse Delivery: Due to high demand, they have suspended new registrations. Join the waitlist to be the first to know when registration re-opens!

Farm to Table ATX: Now offering home delivery.

Lettuce Networks: Austin-based meal kit delivery with local, sustainable ingredients.

Prep to your door: Austin-based, work with farmers like Johnson’s Backyard Garden to prepare and deliver healthy meals.

Snackshare: 100% locally sourced, full-service grocery delivery to home selected zip codes.

Takeout & Delivery from Local Restaurants:

Under-Promoted Eats ATX
The community-built list, also known as upEatsATX, was created to let people know about a variety of local restaurants that don’t have a strong online presence. Find something new for takeout or submit your favorite, under-promoted location.

Takeout & Parking Guide + Interactive Map
With so many Austin restaurants offering takeout, Austin Transportation has made it easier by creating designated pick-up and parking zones.

Austin Restaurant Takeout Tracker
Keep track of all fo the local restaurants offering takeout and delivery with the community-created website

Delivery and Curbside Options During COVID-19
List from Do512, updated frequently

DoorDash offering free delivery every Saturday to support local restaurants

Where to Order Fancy Takeout for Special Occasions

Where to Order Booze for Delivery and Pickup in Austin

Additional Options from Restaurants

Ready-Made Austin Restaurant Dishes Will Be Sold at H-E-B

List of Austin Restaurants Adding Pop-Up Markets to Their Lineups

Celebrate Easter with These Menus from Local Restaurants

View CAVA’s Recipes Archive for Simple Meals to Make at Home

CAVA’s Recipes Archive for Simple Meals to Make at Home




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