Today, DoorDash and Feeding America announced a partnership centered on DoorDash’s logistical expertise and expansive network of restaurants to expand Feeding America’s food rescue efforts. Each year 72 billion pounds of food are wasted across the United States, while 41 million people face hunger.
“Our technology provides an opportunity to solve real problems in the community, which has been part of our company’s ethos since day one, and our partnership with Feeding America is a natural extension of those values,” said Tony Xu, co-founder and CEO of DoorDash. “The work Feeding America does to combat one of the largest issues facing our country is impressive and DoorDash is proud to work together to support this massive effort.”
DoorDash will introduce a pilot program that pairs the company’s logistical expertise with Feeding America’s MealConnect platform. MealConnect serves as a hub for food donations, linking surplus food with local nonprofits that can use it to feed hungry people.
Through MealConnect, the company will provide last-mile delivery expertise and support between restaurants, smaller shelters and food banks, adding a valuable transportation component to the MealConnect platform. DoorDash will use its logistics expertise — specifically DoorDash Drive, the enterprise-fulfillment arm of the business — to help reduce food waste and power deliveries to food banks.
Through the month of January, DoorDash will donate one meal* through Feeding America for every order placed on DoorDash’s website, Android, or iOS app. To amplify this effort, DoorDash will leverage the company’s national merchant footprint and invite one restaurant partner per month through the end of the year, with plans to extend further, to join them in the “one-meal for one-meal” initiative. One in eight Americans face hunger and DoorDash’s meal donation and meal match will help ensure that Feeding America is able to help those families and individuals put food on their tables.
“DoorDash’s network of restaurants and extensive national footprint puts us one step closer to our mission of eliminating hunger in this country,” said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Operations at Feeding America. “We are are thrilled to be working with a partner that has a keen interest in addressing the core issues of hunger relief, as well as the technology and operations to make a difference.”
Since DoorDash launched four and a half years ago, every employee has ‘dashed’ each month in an effort to keep employees connected to the experience of Dashers, merchants, and customers, as well as to help improve the product. Moving forward, all funds earned in this effort will be donated to Feeding America to help further power the partnership.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.
Founded in 2013, DoorDash is a San Francisco-based technology company passionate about transforming local businesses and dedicated to enabling new ways of working, earning, and living. Today, DoorDash connects customers with their favorite local and national restaurants in more than 600 cities across the United States and Canada. By building intelligent, last-mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash aims to connect people with the things they care about — one dash at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at www.doordash.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.