City of Riverside and DoorDash to make Food Accessible for Underserved Communities in Riverside

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Nov 10, 2022

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Key Points:

  • Project DASH aims to enable food banks, food pantries, community-based groups, and even cities to use DoorDash’s logistics to accomplish their goals and better serve their communities.
  • Across the United States and Canada, Project DASH has supported more than 2.5 million deliveries of around 50 million meals.

The City of Riverside announced a collaboration between the City of Riverside and DoorDash’s Project DASH to combat food hunger. Project DASH will power the delivery of meals to hungry Riverside locals by utilizing DoorDash’s delivery infrastructure. 

Additionally, DoorDash will collaborate with the City of Riverside to use DoorDash data to identify more extensive need areas.

City of Riverside and Doordash Launch Partnership Through Project Dash to Combat Food Insecurity

Together with Mayor Lock Dawson and DoorDash, community organizations Community Settlement Association and Lighthouse of Hope Foundation recognized the positive effects and advantages of this new relationship for the neighborhood.

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“The City of Riverside is proud to partner with Project DASH to address food insecurity,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said. “Food insecurity is a growing issue across Inland Southern California, and in Riverside, we are excited to be taking proactive and innovative steps to address the needs in our community. While it is an honor for Riverside to be the first city to partner with Project DASH, it is my sincere hope that we are not the last.”

“As we have continued to meet the needs of our community where they are, the pandemic further increased the challenges within our most vulnerable populations in meeting basic food needs,” said Ninfa Delgado, Vice President of Operations/COO of Riverside Community Health Foundation, speaking on behalf of Community Settlement Association. “We are excited to be a part of this effort that includes using local delivery to expand our reach and ability to serve community members who do not have the ability to come to our location to get the assistance they need.”

Community Settlement Association was established in 1911 and has spent more than a century focusing on family wellness, education, civic involvement, cultural awareness, and community building in Riverside. 

To assist those in the community who need food, the Lighthouse of Hope Foundation was founded in 2020. As the community’s needs became more apparent, their efforts swiftly expanded from feeding tens to thousands of people.

Knowing where the need is in this city is one of the biggest obstacles to tackling food insecurity. Identifying the areas with the greatest needs will enable the leaders to plan and supply services accordingly.

At DoorDash, community empowerment is at the heart of everything. DoorDash is humbled by the community service efforts of the Community Settlement Association, Lighthouse of Hope, and the City of Riverside. It looks forward to collaborating with them to increase access to food.

Warp Up!

DoorDash and the City of Riverside have announced a collaboration to fight food insecurity. The project intends to make it possible for community-based organizations, cities, food banks, and pantries to serve their respective areas better. 

Project DASH intends to make DoorDash’s logistics available to food banks, pantries, community-based organizations, and cities. So they may use them to achieve their objectives and better serve their communities.

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