Amazon fights hunger, delivering 1 million more meals this summer
Amazon continues to help get millions of meals to tens of thousands of people, as food banks and community organizations face unprecedented demand. Hunger is on the rise during the pandemic, and over 30 million Americans are unemployed.
Since March, we have donated delivery services through our Amazon Flex network and other delivery partners. These drivers have brought more than 6 million meals straight to those in need—7.4 million pounds of food to people in over 25 cities across America—with plans to deliver a million more meals by the end of August.
"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."
George A. Jones, CEO of Bread for the City, a Washington, D.C.-based food pantry supported by Amazon, said the health and economic fallout of the pandemic is "hitting those we serve hardest."
Jones added that "Amazon’s generous donation of delivery services has enabled us to reach even more of our families and seniors, helping ensure that they get the food they need to stay safe and healthy while maintaining social distancing."
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, our deliveries are specifically for students who are medically fragile and have disabilities.
"Amazon has been a great community partner because they’ve helped to fill a gap that was a challenge for our normal operations," said Seattle Public Schools Nutrition Services Director Aaron Smith. "Besides stepping up to help do so much, they did it with the passion and dedication that these students and families deserve."
Amazon made food deliveries in cities across 12 states, 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.