Project DASH pilot will deliver food to MI families, seniors
LANSING, MI – Imagine a Michigan where nutritious, fresh food arrives right on the doorsteps of families, seniors and individuals with disabilities across Michigan. Local delivery of charitable food is now a reality through a unique partnership between DoorDash and the Food Bank Council of Michigan.
DoorDash’s Project DASH empowers community organizations to leverage DoorDash logistics to increase access in their communities. Since 2018, Project DASH has made over 1 million deliveries of an estimated more than 21 million meals in over 900 cities in the U.S. and Canada. A grant to the Food Bank Council will cover an unlimited number of hours for “Dashers” to distribute food in several Michigan pilot locations.
“This is a huge move forward,” said Dawn Opel, J.D., Ph.D., director of research and strategic initiatives at the Food Bank Council of Michigan. “Innovative and transformational home delivery solutions like this help us reach those in our communities facing the greatest challenges to food access.”
Project DASH effectively addresses an ongoing issue with getting food to those without a car, nearby bus route,means to travel or other transportation challenges. This is especially true when it comes to homebound older adults and children, many of whom remain learning at home during the pandemic.
“These unique partnerships drive solutions to food insecurity,” said Opel. “DoorDash saw the need and had the system in place to get it done. We are thrilled to work alongside this visionary organization.”
“DoorDash is honored to partner with the Food Bank Council of Michigan to broaden food access,” said Brittany Graunke, DoorDash Drive director of government and nonprofit. “Local delivery has helped food banks and food pantries provide food and other essentials to their clients in a way that emphasizes convenience and dignity. We’re excited to continue growing this work in a sustainable way for our food bank and food pantry partners across the country to continue to meet the ongoing need.”
Food banks involved in the initial pilot programs include Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor, South Michigan Food Bank in Battle Creek and Gleaners in Detroit with additional food banks joining over time.
For more information on this program, contact the Food Bank Council of Michigan at 517-485-1202 or send an email to email@example.com.
Editor’s Note: Interviews with Dawn Opel, Brittany Graunke, and the participating pilot food banks are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-449-7435 to schedule a time.
About the Food Bank Council of Michigan
Founded in 1984, the Food Bank Council of Michigan was created to implement a unified strategy to address and alleviate hunger statewide. FBCM works with its regional food banks and over 2,800 hunger relief agencies, private companies, farmers, state and federal officials, and other allies to make sure no Michigander goes without food. For more information about the Food Bank Council of Michigan, visit www.fbcmich.org or call 517.485.1202.
DoorDash is a technology company that connects consumers with their favorite local and national businesses across the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Germany. Founded in 2013, DoorDash enables local businesses to address consumers’ expectations of ease and immediacy and thrive in today’s convenience economy. By building the last-mile logistics infrastructure for local commerce, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time.