Lyft is expanding a program designed to provide transportation to grocery stores in areas that struggle with food access.
The ridesharing company’s Grocery Access Program initially rolled out with a pilot in D.C. On Thursday, the company said it’s expanding to Baltimore and a dozen other cities.
Under the program, Lyft provides discounted rides of $2.50 to and from participating grocery stores in specific communities where it’s active. The company is offering the service in areas where access to healthy, affordable food is lacking. Formerly known as food deserts, Baltimore policymakers now call these Healthy Food Priority Areas.
“With 58% of rides in Baltimore starting or ending in a low-income communities, Lyft realizes that affordable and reliable access to transportation can have a huge impact on this problem, and we want to help,” the company stated.
The company plans to launch in Baltimore with as-yet-unnamed local partners in the coming months.
Lyft said it’s had success with the program in D.C. As our sister site Technical.ly DC reported, the program rolled out in the District’s Wards 7 and 8, which have only three grocery stores. Families with elementary school children got access to the discounted rides, as well as seniors. The program has resulted in thousands of rides, Lyft said.
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