LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville woman has a new food delivery app that caters to West Louisville - where she grew up.
West Louisville has been known as a food desert, and Tameka Bland, the founder of the ‘Limitless’ app, said not all food delivery services extend to those neighborhoods.
"We're limitless. We're not limiting what we're doing for the community,” Bland said. "When you order from one of the platforms at a certain time of day, they don't come to certain neighborhoods. And they're also not available to some of the neighborhoods whether it be during the day or at night."
She said she first noticed the need at the beginning of the pandemic when talks of food insecurity were high.
“Almost every day on the news, they talked about the food desert,” Bland said.
At the time, Bland had been working as a hairstylist for decades, but COVID-19 impacted her business.
“I had to sit home and really think about what my next move was gonna be,” Bland said.
With all those factors in mind, Bland decided to turn her skills of making people feel beautiful into keeping the West End fed.
This week, she hosted a launch party to celebrate the ‘Limitless’ app.
"It's heartwarming and I do it with intention and compassion,” Bland said. “Anything I can do to even make a small dent in helping this issue, I'm here for it."
Bland said she's looking for more drivers and vendors. Those interested can sign up through the app.
Bland says vendors will pay a 15% rate for the first year.
Right now, she said there are about 20 partnering restaurants, including Garden Girl and Seafood Lady.
"I'm really thanking everybody who has been supporting this from the beginning,” Bland said. “There are so many people to name."
There is a $1.50 service fee per mile and a flat $3.99 delivery fee for customers. In the future, Bland said she plans to allow SNAP benefits to be used on the app.
Additionally, she said she hopes to expand, but right now, she's focusing on the nine neighborhoods in West Louisville.