MONTREAL, May 12, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Since April 29, Uber has been putting its network of drivers to good use by having them deliver food to families in need on behalf of local community organizations. A total of 80,000 deliveries will make it possible for food bank items to be dropped off directly to the doorstep of families and children who might otherwise go hungry.
Deliveries have been spread out over the provinces and major Canadian cities based on the respective proportion of people in food-insecure households, with the aim of making sure a maximum number of families will benefit from this gift.
"With hundreds of thousands of Canadian families experiencing food insecurity as a result of the health crisis, organizations like Breakfast Club of Canada need our help more now than ever before," said Matthew Price, General Manager of Uber Canada. "Uber Canada welcomes the opportunity to partner with Breakfast Club of Canada and support the families in need."
"Since schools were shuttered across Canada, we have continued to team up with our partners to ensure kids get enough to eat," said Tommy Kulczyk, Managing Director of Breakfast Club of Canada. "Their needs are on the rise. We have to keep helping one another. The fact that a company like Uber is offering this delivery service and making sure food gets to families who need it is a wonderful act of kindness."
Uber has pledged over $6M in free rides, meals, and food deliveries for healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need across Canada. To encourage safety and cleanliness throughout the delivery process, Uber drivers have passed a background check and have been given clear instructions from public health officials about cleaning and disinfection products.
Breakfast Club of Canada set up an emergency fund on March 20 to lend a helping hand to schools and organizations working on the ground, after breakfast programs were suspended in light of school closures. More than 1,000 funding applications have been received thus far from hundreds of organizations and schools from coast to coast. Click here to donate to Breakfast Club of Canada.
About Breakfast Club of Canada
Accredited by Imagine Canada for its effective governance, the Club provides much more than breakfast: its approach is based on commitment, self-esteem and capacity development using an optimal formula adapted to local needs. Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed more than 243,500 children and youth in 1,809 schools across the country. To learn more, visit breakfastclubcanada.org.
About Uber Canada
Uber's mission is to create opportunity through movement. Co-founder and Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp started Uber in 2009 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we're building products to get Canadians closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.
SOURCE Breakfast Club of Canada
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