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Ride sharing service Lyft announced recently it will be teaming up with the One Atlanta Office to make it easier for families living in food deserts to have access to higher quality nutrition.
“Everyone should have access to fresh and healthy foods, and we recognize that grocery shopping comes with many challenges in some neighborhoods,” Sam Bond, general manager of Lyft southeast said in a statement. “We want to help give families access to the healthy foods they need by easing the burden of traveling to food retailers. We’re committed to working towards a future in which Atlanta residents can fully overcome these barriers.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 36 percent of Atlanta was classified as a food desert, meaning that residents living in these areas must travel more than one mile to reach a grocery store or supermarket. Lyft’s pilot program will provide some of these residents with heavily discounted rideshare credits to visit stores or farmers markets, according to program materials.
“Despite being a large metropolis, transportation remains a barrier for many of our most under-resourced families in Atlanta,” Denise Blake, president and CEO of Wholesome Wave Georgia said in a statement. “This pilot program will provide much-needed relief and door-to-door service for families to access nutritious food right here in our city.”
Click here to learn more about the program.