Amazon delivers six million meals during COVID-19 – and isn’t done
Amazon has delivered more than 6 million meals with 7.4 million pounds of food since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The e-tail giant is directly delivering the meals to the homes of people in need in over 25 cities across the U.S., and plans to deliver 1 million more meals by the end of August 2020. Amazon has donated delivery services to food banks and community organizations since March through its Amazon Flex network and other delivery partners.
Amazon has also piloted deliveries of hundreds of thousands of meals with Portland Public Schools and Seattle Public Schools, and delivered meals and devices for Los Angeles Unified School District. In Seattle, deliveries are specifically for students who are medically fragile and have disabilities.
“Amazon has a longstanding commitment to addressing right now needs – with over $100 million in donations to homelessness, hunger, and disaster relief,” said Alice Shobe, director of Amazon in the Community. “The pandemic intensified the need for hunger relief efforts, and Amazon is committed to playing our part by donating delivery services to help food banks and community organizations get meals to the doorsteps of people in need.”
So far, Amazon has made food deliveries in over 25 U.S. cities across more than 12 states nationwide, including: Arizona (Phoenix); California (Los Angeles, Riverside, Anaheim, Long Beach, San Francisco, Oakland); Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg); Maryland (Baltimore); Michigan (Detroit); New York (New York City); Ohio (Cincinnati, Cleveland); Oklahoma (Oklahoma City); Oregon (Portland); Tennessee (Nashville); Texas (Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth); Washington (Seattle); and Washington, D.C.
Food deliveries are also taking place around the world in Melbourne, Tokyo, Singapore, Madrid, Valencia, and London. In the U.K., Amazon teamed up with charity Magic Breakfast to help schools reach more children across the country at risk of hunger due to COVID-19 restrictions and deliver breakfast foods.