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New app promotes Tassie produce

A NEW making it easier for Tasmanians to buy fresh local produce while supporting hard-hit Tasmanian food producers during the COVID-19 crisis has been launched.

‘We Eat Local’ is an initiative from Eat Well Tasmania, with funding from the Department of Health, that lets hundreds of Tasmanian businesses reach out to customers to share information about how they have changed what they are offering.

“All the businesses listed on the app are offering different services than they have in the past, such as home delivery, click and collect services and online shopping,” Eat Well Tasmania state manager Leah Galvin said.

Ms Galvin said the app would make it easier for Tasmanians to cook delicious home meals.

“Tasmanians are really anxious to find out where they can buy fresh food for home cooking, while considering social distancing,” she said.

“Ordering fresh, healthy Tasmanian produce through the We Eat Local app will help you protect the wellbeing of yourself, your family and our community through social distancing.

“By using the We Eat Local app, consumers will also be able to support the jobs and livelihoods of many Tasmanian food producers and associated industries hit hard by the current crisis.”

The app is free and easy to use, letting Tasmanians find information quickly.

“Just download the app to your phone, search your area for businesses, click through to their websites and social media Facebook pages and decide where to shop,” she said.

“That provides lots of ways to minimise the time you spend outside your home while still getting your fresh Tassie produce and supporting our amazing food producers – it’s a win all round.”

Ms Galvin said it was important to support Tasmanian businesses.

“We always promote support local businesses because it’s good for our economy, it’s good for the livelihoods of people who work in those businesses and it’s good for employment,” she said.

To download the We Eat Local app, visit eatwelltas.org.au or go to the Appstore.