The ridesharing company Lyft will begin offering free ride credits and providing access to transportation for many Bronx and city communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced today.
This free ride service is a portion of a larger a partnership series with New York-based non-profit organizations and schools which will be executed through LyftUp, a community support end of the ride sharing service.
“We are diligently working to expand our partnerships to increase multiple avenues of access to ensure reliable transportation for those who need it most,” said Lyft’s New York senior director of public policy Jen Hensley.
“By activating LyftUp, we’re able to work with more diverse local partners to fill mobility needs and increase food access for our community,” she added.
Lyft will begin working with Good+ Foundation in efforts of ensuring the delivery of essential items like diapers, wipes, thermometers and cleaning supplies to families in need, NY Cares to provide rides to volunteers delivering food to seniors and food-insecure New Yorkers, NY Common Pantry to give free rides to employees traveling from their homes to safely deliver food to vulnerable residents, along with more organizations across the city and on Long Island for school supplies and more purposes.
“Getting resources to food insecure families should be one of the top priorities during this crisis,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. upon the charitable announcement.
Lyft already has partnerships aligned with Invisible Hands, National Supermarket Association, Older Adults Technology Services, Queens Community House, Ronald McDonald House New York, Women in Need and World Central Kitchen.