As part of the expansion of our social impact program Project DASH, we’re proud to spotlight our partnership with United Way Worldwide.
Due to COVID-19, 50% of call volume to United Way’s 2–1–1 hotline for essential community services in the United States has been related to food accessibility needs due to the pandemic, particularly from seniors, the immuno-compromised, and low-income students and families who are unable to access necessities on their own.
We believe that together, United Way Worldwide and DoorDash are uniquely able to address this critical issue.
That’s why United Way is officially expanding their Ride United program, which addresses transportation needs, to include delivery of food and supplies with DoorDash. United Way Worldwide serves 95% of communities across the United States. Nearly 1,100 local United Ways work with food banks and food pantries every day. Our partnership enables social service organizations across this national network to reach people in need by using DoorDash’s last-mile logistics platform and community of Dashers, powering deliveries to at-risk and food-insecure homes.
While we had begun piloting together pre-COVID-19, we’ve accelerated our collaboration with United Way given the urgency of today’s need. Our operations teams have worked closely to create a process to assess and collect community needs