Elon partners with Shipt to offer students delivery of groceries, household essentials to campus

Supported by funding from the Student Government Association, students will be able to have items from local retailers and grocery stores delivered to their on- and off-campus residences.

Hundreds of Elon students can now receive delivery of groceries and household items through a new partnership between the university and the membership-based marketplace Shipt.

The partnership, made possible through funding from the Student Government Association, will provide free Shipt memberships to about 1,000 Elon students. The memberships that will allow them unlimited deliveries of items purchased from local stores including Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Target, CVS, Office Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Orders of more than $35 are delivered for free while smaller orders carry a delivery charge.

Students can sign up for a free one-year membership at www.shipt.com/elon.

In a message to the student body, SGA President Robbie Miley explained that the effort by SGA was designed to assist students during a challenging time. He notes that this academic year, about half of Elon students do not have cars and may not feel comfortable participating in a ride-share program.

“SGA is dedicated to bettering the Elon student experience while also working toward limiting community exposure to the COVID-19 virus,” Miley said. “We believe bringing Shipt to campus helps us achieve both goals.”

After signing up for the membership, students can use the Shipt app, available in the App Store or Google Play Store, to select and pay for items. Shipt shoppers then visit the retail locations to purchase items, offering live updates from the aisles. The purchased items are then delivered, sometimes in as little as one hour.