NeighbourFood Limerick is a new online click’n’collect service for local producers and suppliers.
NeighbourFood Limerick continues bringing the Milk Market to homes across the county
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NeighbourFood Limerick, a new click’n’collect online service has been bringing relief to Limerick’s food producers. The online food service emerged in Limerick during the pandemic, but it is perhaps the most important one for the region’s local food producers and suppliers.
The NeighbourFood Limerick online shopping market gives weekly collection time slots at the Milk Market on Thursdays between 5 pm and 8 pm, and they have also started a delivery service to cater for demand, such has been the success in its first three weeks.
Cllr Olivia O’Sullivan who runs the eatinlimerick website, and co-founder of Limerick Food Group, explained, “Producers and suppliers from the region featured on the NeighbourFood Limerick market include some traders from the Milk Market like Happy Food at Home, Sunflower Bakery, Wilde Irish Chocolates, Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms, Flying Cheese Brigade and the Real Olive Co.”
Deirdre MacMahon, host of the NeighbourFood website said, “We now have 36 suppliers and have been open for 10 weeks. The online market is open for orders from Friday evening until midnight on Tuesday.”
“Thursday is collection day, from 5-8pm and the collections are staggered, so each customer gets an order number and a 30 minute time-slot. This is to reduce queuing and ensure social distancing.”
The NeighbourFood delivery team operates on a contact-free-shipping trip as well, to promote safety for both the customers and the workers. People can request to have the packaged goods placed in the boot of their car as well, to avoid any contact.
Deirdre hopes to expand the outreach of their service as restrictions are lifted. She said, “We also offer deliveries to within 8km at present, and I expect this to be expanded soon.”
“There is no minimum order. Approx half of the suppliers are Milk Market traders and the other half are quality local suppliers from Limerick, Clare and north Cork.”
Other food businesses offering collection services include the likes of Richardson’s Foods in Eastway Business Park, Pallas Foods in Newcastle West and new second collection point at Mungret, with smaller independent businesses also catering for customers by whatever means they can, like Sodalicious Cafe on Lower Cecil Street offering ‘Quarantine Goodie Bags’ made up of two loaves of traditional brown/white/cheddar and chive/rosemary bread, selection of six scones, granola pouch, protein balls and lemon drizzle squares.
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