Updated: Mar 25, 2021
One hundred thousand boxes of food and household supplies have been delivered to vulnerable populations in 175 United States communities through the Ride United Last-Mile Delivery initiative. This home delivery program was launched in April in response to the COVID-19 crisis to deliver food and supplies to vulnerable populations across the US and their milestone delivery also represents one million meals delivered to those in need.
Suzanne McCormick, US president of United Way Worldwide, a non-profit organization, says the last mile represents the final hurdle in getting food to people who have had to remain at home during COVID-19 because of health considerations or lack of public transit or childcare. She says United Ways and the 211 network, a referral and information helpline and website, have convened local agencies, food banks and grocery partners to identify available food for people who can't travel and arrange for deliveries.
Deliveries from local food banks, food pantries and other distribution points were provided mainly to older adults, low-income families and those who can't leave home, providing meals for those in need. One recipient from Akron, Ohio who benefited from the delivery services was a women and her husband who are both disabled and struggling to provide for their grandson.