$2.50 Lyft Shared rides to grocery stores in Wards 7 and 8

“When traditional efforts go stale, it may be worth trying a fresh approach.”


How the program works 

For Lyft to meaningfully engage in DC’s (or any) food ecosystem, we believe it must be done in partnership with the community and leaders like Martha’s Table. Joyful Foods Markets held at Ward 7 and 8 schools are a natural entry point to reach families already engaged in healthy food and nutrition programs. As such, providing Lyft transportation subsidies becomes an extension of the services already offered by Martha’s Table, rather than a standalone program. This can lead to more effective, measurable, and scalable impact.

As Lyft evaluates scaling the program to new places, we will be in close conversation with nonprofit and civic organizations with a track record of improving health outcomes for the communities they serve.

To launch in a new community:

  • Lyft identifies one or more program implementors and potentially, program funders

  • Lyft leads a training of trainers for implementing program partners and provides ongoing tech support

  • Lyft and/or the implementing partner identifies a program funder committed to subsidizing rides for participants (in some cases, Lyft will subsidize these rides)

  • Implementing partner selects program participants

  • Program participants complete an anonymous baseline, mid-program, and post-program survey on their grocery shopping habits

  • Program participants receive agreed on number of $2.50 Shared flat fare Lyft rides geo-fenced to select grocery stores

Interested in bringing the Lyft Grocery Access Program to your neighborhood? Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.


DC Food Access Consortium

Through the leadership of the Anacostia Business Improvement District, Lyft is a founding member of the DC Food Access Consortium. The consortium is comprised of public and private organizations dedicated to improving health outcomes for the District’s residents starting with bridging the grocery gap for Wards 7 and 8 families.

If you are interested in learning more about the Food Access Consortium, contact Kristina Noell at kristina@anacostiabid.org.


 Get Involved

Interested in joining the DC Food Access Consortium or bringing the Grocery Access Program to your community? Fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.