For families living in food deserts, getting fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy food options is a trek.
So in January, ride-hailing app Lyft built a program for residents in Washington, D.C., to get to those inaccessible stores. On Thursday, the program was expanded to more than a dozen other cities.
Lyft cites 2.3 million Americans living in low-income and rural areas that are more than 10 miles from a supermarket — so getting to the store is difficult, especially if relying on public transit or limited car access.
With D.C. as a pilot for the past four months, hundreds of families have already used the Lyft Grocery Access Program. To register, families there need to have a child enrolled at participating schools and be willing to take three surveys during a six-month pilot period. Families were given 50 $2.50-shared rides (meaning up to two people can ride in a carpool trip) to three grocery stories and a market at a community group. D.C.’s program will continue after the pilot. Read more…