The current health crisis has exacerbated food insecurity across the United States, affecting minority communities in particular. Meanwhile, disruption to national supply chains, spurred by lockdowns and business closures, means that quality produce on farms is going to waste.
In June, Salesforce and Eat. Learn. Play. launched a pilot program to try to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers to get meals on the plates of underserved families. Since then, this partnership has delivered over 500,000 pounds of fresh produce to more than 32,000 low-income families in the Oakland, CA, area.
Today, Uber Freight is excited to announce that it is joining this partnership to help expand its impact and provide healthy, fresh produce to 1 million families with school-aged children across the US. Uber Freight will provide the freight and logistics support needed to successfully increase the scale of the program, covering all costs of transporting the produce from farms to warehouses.
“Efficient and reliable freight transportation is essential in distributing goods where they’re needed most,” says Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight. “We’re honored to be the logistics partner for this project and to help get fresh, local produce to a million underserved families. At Uber Freight, we are committed to leveraging our logistics strength to help serve communities during these challenging times.”
To learn more about the program and other partners involved, click here.