An international charity’s Invercargill arm has set up a stylish online food ordering and delivery service to assist local businesses.
Habitat for Humanity Invercargill web designer Alice Lee says the charity devised Invercargill Eats for New Zealand’s Covid-19 Alert Level 3, with the intention of helping local food businesses “get back on their feet”.
The system enables restaurants and takeaway shops to make contactless local deliveries or customers to order online and then collect their meal, all without a high commission being charged.
Many customers are positive about the service, Alice says.
They are very proud of having a locally developed food delivery system to support local businesses. The relationship with the seller is also very positive.”
While many New Zealanders are gradually resuming a more usual lifestyle as the strict Covid-19 prevention measures lessen, Invercargill Eats is an innovation which will exist beyond the crisis.
The system will help the city’s eateries to continue to operate their business online and offline, Alice says.
Any profits from the service will stay in the Southland community.
The Invercargill Eats website says, “This is a locally developed answer from your local Charity to help businesses get going again, employing local people with the funds raised staying in Southland to benefit our people.”
Habitat for Humanity Invercargill web developer, Hunt Jeong, says these are early days. Eight eateries have joined the service and more sellers will be approached, including Southern Farmers Market stallholders.
Outlets already participating in Invercargill Eats cook food from Vietnam, Korea and Hong Kong and also fusion and health food.
The service doesn’t charge commission and offers three types of subscription, ranging from free to $30 a month. This helps cover server and website maintenance costs, Hunt says.
Habitat for Humanity partners with families who need affordable, decent housing to build or repair a home. It also helps those affected by disasters and partners in international projects to provide sanitation and clean water.
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