They say necessity is the mother of invention.
Two brothers, originally from Cherry Hill, started Camden County-based Veggie Carriage so that families and vulnerable individuals can have affordable fresh produce delivered to their homes.
Since the coronavirus crisis began, the state of New Jersey encouraged folks to stay at home or shelter-in-place, prompting people to venture out only when necessary. While grocery stores and supermarkets remain open as essential businesses, lines are long and there are still many risks even when social distancing. The need to have groceries and food delivered has become increasingly vital.
Third-party services such as Instacart, Fresh Direct, and Amazon Fresh are being slammed right now, with delivery dates selling out quickly and sometimes being more than a week away. Seeing this essential need, Veggie Carriage was born to lend a helping hand to communities in South Jersey. Currently, they’re servicing most of Camden County and hope to expand to other areas in the coming weeks.
As a wholesale produce company, they are able to procure fresh produce at wholesale prices and pass along the savings to their customers, especially the elderly and families who are on a fixed income.
Additionally, as a way to help those economically-impacted, they are offering FREE next-day delivery on all orders above $25.
Word has spread around via local Facebook groups and they are using social media (Facebook and Instagram) to promote their service. As of now, they’re serving approximately 100 families a day and intend for that number to reach over 200 in the next two to three weeks.
They will also be donating some produce baskets to those who are economically distressed during this time.
Folks wishing to place an order can visit the website to see if delivery is available to their zip code. They prefer orders to be placed online but will accept orders by phone especially from those who do not have access to a computer. Call 856-630-0112.
Marilyn is a freelance writer covering the food and drink scene of South Jersey. You can find more of her writing on Philly Grub and NewsBreak.