Taking away the stress of knowing where your next meal is coming from, with just a knock on the door

Lincoln among the first 31 cities in the nation participating in Ride United

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- In Lincoln, 1 in every 8 homes are struggling to put food on the table, that’s according to the food bank of Lincoln.

“Some of our most vulnerable neighbors who are homebound, including veterans and seniors, are getting food delivered right to their doorstep,” said Michaella Kumke President and CEO of the FoodBank of Lincoln.

Lincoln is 1 of only 31 cities across the nation that was selected for the Ride United pilot program, bringing food bank deliveries to the door by DoorDash.  It’s also 1 of only 3 that has achieved the goal.

“Our goal this year was 9,800 bags of food to be delivered, and that’s about 815 individual addresses,” said Maura Penas director of community impact at the United Way of Lincoln.

Dashers simply log on to their app, pick up the designated number of bags, and deliver the food to the assigned address.  DoorDash still compensates the drivers for their time, even though this is at no cost to the recipient.

“Doordash is providing this service at cost, so it is an in-kind donation from Doordash,” said Penas.

The plan is to expand this program to 10,000 bags of food next year, as well as include more individuals with mobility issues, such as those in hospice.  In order to expand the program, United Way is asking for your help.

“We have about $11,000 to go so that we can achieve that $25,000 goal. We are still taking donations. We have a page designated on our website for people to go to donate to this program,” said Penas.

Allo and Nelnet have donated the first $12,500 to help those in our community.

“Along with the food program, the ride united program, households will also have the opportunity to qualify for free internet through Allo as a part of the emergency broadband benefit which is available. Information will be in the food bags,” said Dave Miller Director of Ethical Engagement at Allo.

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