Only a week underway, and already Lyft for Good has popped up in our first city — San Francisco! Drivers brought volunteer efforts to their city streets with Meals On Wheels — an organization that brings food to homebound seniors with limited ability to purchase or prepare meals, and have little to no support from family or caregivers. Over a period of two days, 70 volunteers transported roughly 400 emergency food kits to San Francisco’s seniors, delivering smiles and fistbumps along the way.
In the case of an emergency, seniors who rely on Meals on Wheels would have no way to get food. These emergency kits — comprised of water bottles and non perishables including: tuna, apple sauce, powdered milk, and crackers — are designed to last seniors a few days should Meals On Wheels be inoperable. Now, 400 seniors won’t have to worry about what they’ll do if the city experiences a crisis, thanks to the help of 70 Lyft drivers including Steven K. and Eldon G.
“I partnered with new Lyft driver Caleb C., and we both recognized how lucky we are to live in a city that cares. So many elderly people out there, almost forgotten except for noble organizations like Meals on Wheels,” Said Steve K. one of the drivers who volunteered on Monday. “The best part of my day was shaking the hands of people who genuinely appreciated our coming by and treating them with simple dignity. I hope Lyft continues to leverage the unique assets of our vehicles and caring drivers.”
SF seniors weren’t the only ones who benefitted from the experience. Drivers were paired off and given routes in which to drop off the kits, and drivers like Eldon G and his newly-appointed partner Salvador were able to build a bond.
“My fellow Lyft driver, Salvador, and I formed a dynamic delivery duo. We worked the first shift, where they had more routes than teams, so we volunteered to take two lists of clients. Sal's a former UPS driver and is a navigation beast!” He went on to say, “I also valued my time getting to know my teammate Sal. He’s from El Salvador, a fellow dad to two grown kids, and is considering being a teacher as a second career. His upbeat attitude, wide range of interests, and openness in telling me about his family made this an even more awesome experience!”
Community support and some good, ol’ fashioned Lyft family bonding made this an unforgettable experience. Big thanks to the San Francsico drivers who showed what it truly means to be a friend with a car.