In an effort to quickly adapt its technology to respond during times of extreme circumstances and ensure Uber Eats is helping provide support to those who need it, the food delivery service recently partnered with Feeding America. The partnership includes Feeding America’s nationwide network of more than 200 food banks to deliver meals to those who need them most including the food insecure, the homebound elderly, families and more.
The company is launching with food banks in NYC, San Francisco, Oakland and Tampa this week, and will be expanding during the coming weeks. Uber Eats will primarily help facilitate food delivery, connecting food banks and food pantries to delivery people who can bring meals to homes directly. Uber Eats will also use the Uber Freight app to help enable food distribution.
In addition, Uber and World Central Kitchen have teamed up to deliver 300,000 meals to vulnerable populations and frontline healthcare workers. In close partnership with World Central Kitchen, Uber Eats has designed an operational infrastructure that allows restaurants to join the platform, receive bulk meal orders and send them via large-capacity vehicles to drop off locations such as elderly homes and hospitals. Following a successful pilot with World Central Kitchen in Washington, DC, the partnership is expanding to deliver meals in the Bronx and Newark. From there, Uber Eats plans to expand to Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Atlanta, San Jose and Dallas.