Bridging the grocery gap with $2.50 Lyft Shared rides
In Washington, DC, only 3 grocery stores exist in Wards 7 and 8 (of 49 in the District) serving over 150,000 residents. Through the Grocery Access Program, Lyft is committed to reducing the time, transportation barriers and financial burden as hundreds of families plan their shopping trips to select grocery providers. From January 1, 2019-June 30, 2019, up to 500 DC-based families will participate in the pilot. Lyft is currently developing best practices and evaluating the potential to reach more families nationwide.
What is a food desert?
Food deserts are defined as parts of the country void of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.
Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, DC, are the most underserved by grocery stores with 81% of residents living in a food desert.
Residents in these areas often have to travel farther to access a full-service grocery store, which increases transportation costs and often squeezes a household’s already limited budget. Moreover, lack of access to the foods necessary for a healthy and balanced diet can lead to poor health outcomes.