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Grocery apps and delivery services surge in popularity

Even in normal times, some people want to steer clear of grocery stores.

They pay for someone like James McKenney, a shopper for Shipt, to do their shopping.

In the coronavirus pandemic, things are not normal.

McKenney said he's been three times busier than usual.

Some customers ask that he drop the shopping bags at their doors, “which is fine by me,” he said. “Keeps us both safe.”

McKenney said he and other Shipt shoppers wash their hands before and after every shopping trip.

Ben Chapman, a food safety expert at North Carolina State University, said food and food packaging are not likely culprits for infecting us with COVID-19.

“As we know right now, we have not identified either food or food packaging as a risk of transmission,” he said.

Get full WRAL story here.