Lyft launches grocery access program to combat food deserts in Miami

Lyft works with the nonprofit Health in the Hood to identify families living in Miami’s “food deserts”.
Lyft works with the nonprofit Health in the Hood to identify families living in Miami’s “food deserts”.

Lyft has launched a national food access program that will be rolled out to Miami this year. These efforts are part of Lyft’s City Works initiative, where Lyft works with its community of drivers, drivers, local activists and city guides to achieve maximum positive impact in cities across North America.

According to, there is a significant barrier to access to healthy food for millions of people in the United States, affecting 23.5 million people. With 44 percent of trips in Miami starting or ending in low-income communities, Lyft realizes that affordable and reliable access to transportation can have a huge impact on this problem, and they want to help.

“Everyone should have access to fresh and healthy food, and we know that grocery shopping in some neighborhoods is challenging,” said Sam Bond, Lyfts Southeast general manager.

“Lyft is committed to a future in which Miami residents can overcome the barrier of traveling to grocers for healthy food.”

Lyft is working with the nonprofit Health in the Hood to identify 100 families in Little Haiti who live in a “food wasteland.” These families can access highly discounted Lyft Shared rides to and from their grocery store for 6 months (a flat fee of $ 2.50). Another 30 families have access to free rides. This food access program has already been successful in other markets such as DC

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Lyft. This groundbreaking initiative will connect families in food deserts with healthy food options that they would otherwise not have access to. Lyft and Health in the Hood are successively creating healthier communities, ”said Asha Walker, executive director of Health in the Hood.

Lyft’s mission is to improve people’s lives using the world’s best transportation. This means finding new and innovative ways to meet the challenges we face in our daily lives. For many people, living in food deserts can make something as simple as reaching and leaving grocery stores and feeding their families the best, healthy options, a huge challenge. This is another way to help drivers move around their cities easily and get them where they need to go – smooth city life.

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