Here is how it works.

Step by Step Guide


First and foremost, do not participate in Iowa City Errand-ers grocery shopping if you are showing any cold or flu-like symptoms. Symptoms may include coughing, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, or a fever. While you may not be showing symptoms of COVID-19, we do not want to risk anything that could threaten the immune systems of the people we are serving. Please reach out to or the Iowa City Errand-ers Facebook page to find other ways to help out! 

  1. Pick where and when to go grocery shopping.

    • Try and go to a grocery store where you are familiar with shopping. This will help you find the items quicker, and reduce the amount of time you are exposed to large groups of people. 

    • If possible, go to the grocery store at a time when it is less busy. If you type in the store’s name and location in Google search, a box often will pop up showing when foot traffic there is highest.

  2. Wash your hands with soap and water prior to shopping. This could be completed either before driving, or in the store (avoid door handles afterwards).

    • Hand sanitizer will be used immediately prior to shopping, but soap and water has proven to be most effective at killing germs. Please use proper hand washing technique. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends following the attached steps for as long as it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.

  3. Wipe down the shopping cart using a disinfectant wipe. Most grocery stores (including Hyvee) have been handing them out at the front of the store. If you have the grocery list available on your phone, please wipe down your phone screen, as well. 

  4. Be mindful of social distancing. If at all possible, try and refrain from being within 6 feet of other shoppers- for their protection, and your own. 

  5. Wash or sanitize your hands again after paying. Money and debit/credit cards carry germs and bacteria that we want to kill before contaminating the handles of grocery bags or other items. 

  6. Wash or sanitize your hands just before dropping off the groceries at the destination. This will hopefully kill any bacteria that your hands may have encountered while traveling (i.e. from your car door handle, steering wheel, etc. )

  7. Upon delivery, avoid a direct handoff. Place the groceries on the door-step of the individual. Please try to package the groceries as neatly and as easy-to-carry as possible. While surely you would love to help them inside and get setted, we must avoid face-to-face contact.