CALGARY, May 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, LeftOvers Calgary announces a partnership with Uber Calgary that will increase their current delivery capabilities with the donation of 40 free rides per month.
"With an increased demand for food drop offs, this generous partnership with Uber opens the door for volunteers that don't own a vehicle or want to do a quick volunteer route on their lunch break," says Lourdes Juan, Founder of LeftOvers Calgary.
"We are pleased to use our technology to help a charity organization that provides meaningful help for Calgarians in need. As more and more Calgarians are embracing ridesharing and Uber, we want to give back to the community and the people of Calgary," says Ramit Kar, Uber Western Canada General Manager.
Founded in 2012 with just two volunteers, LeftOvers has grown to over 148 active volunteer drivers rescuing and delivering 2,500 to 3,000 pounds of perishable food every week. This food helps to alleviate stress and fill the kitchens at 20 different service agencies in Calgary including Calgary Drop in Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold, to name a few.
In Calgary alone, 23,165 households live in poverty (with income less than $20,000 and spending more than 50% of their income on shelter). LeftOvers Foundation "rescues" food otherwise destined for landfills. It provides both societal and environmental benefits in a country where food waste is an over $30 billion a year issue. This is a bandaid solution for a very large, but ultimately preventable problem.
Working with over 35 restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores and events across Calgary, LeftOvers is eliminating food waste and alleviating hunger.
SOURCE Uber Canada Inc.
For further information: Lourdes Juan, 403-619-6373, [email protected]