Lyft and Farm Share announced today that they would be partnering in order to provide in-need South Floridians, who do not have transportation, with access to food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes after Farm Share revised its scheduled walk-up distributions to make them only accessible to drive-thru. In turn, Farm Share concluded that many Floridians, which includes seniors and Floridians who travel by foot, were not able to access food at their drive-thru distributions.
In a statement, Stephen Shelley, the CEO of Farm Share, commented that “the emergence of Floridians newly in need of support, coupled with the lack of funds and available volunteers, has caused us to act quickly and rethink how we serve Floridians.” Moreover, Shelley informed that the “partnership with Lyft is vital, enabling us to directly connect Floridians with the food they need to feed their families.”
The partnership between both companies is currently active in South Florida, and it is estimated to be providing hundreds of Florida families with Lyft ride credits that are valued at up to $25, which would allow them to be picked up and driven to a Farm Share facility to make food purchases.
Yun Ling, General Manager for Lyft Florida, echoed in Shelley’s remarks, adding that “these are challenging times for many families, and this partnership will help connect hundreds of people with the resources they need to get through this difficult time.”