Food Share ‘Rides United’ to bring local deliveries

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Feb. 26, 2022 — Florence Food Share has recently added a new service created to assist clients in receiving food from the pantry at their home or place of residence.

The food share is working in conjunction with United Way of Lane County and the private company DoorDash to sponsor the Ride United program, which offers food deliveries of 25 pounds or less to clients in the Florence area, free of charge. 

The program, which is active nationwide, has been operating successfully in Eugene for just over a year and has made nearly 6,000 deliveries since it began.

The service is geared to assist those needing smaller deliveries who cannot make it to Florence Food Share’s distribution center at 2190 Spruce St. Florence Food Share will still offer their regular full pantry delivery service in parallel with this.

“The program has been going for a little over three weeks, to great success,” said Florence Food Share Executive Director Colin Morgan. “The folks who have utilized the program have been extremely happy with it. Many individuals have opted to have deliveries made reoccurring, meaning they submit an order, and we send them that order every week. They can call and change any time in the future to fit any changing needs.” 

He said he is pleased with the public’s response to the Ride United program and believes that as more clients become aware of the option they will ask to be included in the deliveries.

The process to be added to the delivery service is simple, and will be modified as more join or other circumstances come into play.

To sign up, people accessing resources through Florence Food Share can 541-997-9110 or email [email protected]rg. Deliveries are made in the morning on Thursday. To receive same-week delivery, orders need to be placed by 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

More than 42 million Americans will experience food insecurity in 2022. Ride United has made more than a half million deliveries to more than 350 communities, representing more than 6 million meals to date. 

According to Sueli Shaw, head of social impact for DoorDash, the program was started “to empower community organizations to leverage our logistics to increase access in their communities. One of the most impactful ways we've been able to do this is by working with United Way to connect thousands of people across the country with resources they need, through our incredible Dasher community. We know there's still work to be done, so we're thrilled to continue our partnership with this new commitment."

For more information, visit www.florencefoodshare.com, call 541-997-9110 or stop by 2190 Spruce St.

 

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