The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the number of people facing food insecurity to soar. Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, estimates that 1 in 6 Americans could face hunger as a result of the pandemic.
At the same time, we’ve all seen the images of farmers dumping milk and crops rotting in fields. The reason for the inconsistency, as many have pointed out, is not a lack of food, but a supply chain that isn’t set up for food producers, including farmers and manufacturers, to get food directly to the people who need it most.
To facilitate the distribution of food from suppliers to food banks, Uber Freight has partnered with Feeding America. Through Uber’s Move What Matters program, Freight is committing more than $700,000 to cover the cost of moving donated products to organizations directly serving communities in need.
Uber Freight reports that since launching this initiative, they’ve already transported dozens of loads and they expect to support hundreds more. The organizations they’ve worked with so far include the PepsiCo Foundation’s Food for Good program, iTradeMarketplace, Second Harvest, and FarmLink.
Nikki Drevich, Interim Chief Development Officer at Feeding America commented: “With this generous initiative from Uber Freight, we’re looking forward to unlocking more donations from shippers and further streamlining the logistics of getting food from suppliers to food banks, and on to programs that nourish communities in need.”
If your company has food to donate, Uber Freight will help connect you with a Feeding America food bank and also cover the cost of transportation. For more information, fill out the form here. If your offer is matched with a Feeding America food bank, a representative from Uber Freight will reach out to you directly.