By Mourice Serreta
As families lose income and work opportunities continue to decline due to the global pandemic, the daily food needs of communities has become a real threat. Uber is honoured to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Education Coalition to run a range of initiatives ensuring that learning never stops. The first global initiative Uber is launching under the coalition’s umbrella is in Kenya, where Uber Eats is partnering with Team Pankaj to help feed vulnerable Kenyan families with young children, impacted most heavily by the lockdown.
As part of the initiative, Uber Eats users are encouraged to buy their grocery and convenience items through stores on the Uber Eats app. Uber Eats will match each purchase with food parcels that will be delivered to vulnerable families. Team Pankaj, a Kenyan charitable organisation is supporting the initiative by identifying the families in need and handling the delivery of the food parcels to them.
Nadeem Anjarwalla, General Manager for Uber Eats in Kenya explains, “The most important thing we can do right now is to support those most impacted in our communities. With this unique partnership, we hope to demonstrate our commitment to the community during this difficult time by supporting food relief to people in need.”
To buy, one needs to tap on any grocery or convenience store in the Uber Eats app, add grocery or convenience store products to your order.Your order will be delivered to your door and a matching food parcel will be donated to a vulnerable family in Nairobi.
“This pandemic has amplified inequalities and we are committed to supporting vulnerable children and their families now and when schools reopen,” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant-Director General for Education. “We believe Uber’s initiatives under UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition will make a meaningful difference by providing vital support to children’s health and well-being and helping them and teachers get back to school..
In May 2020, Uber launched Move What Matters, a global campaign to offer discounts, free rides and meals to frontline workers and other organisations making a difference during the coronavirus pandemic. In Kenya, Uber has been supporting the national COVID-19 task force command centre and medical professionals with free and discounted rides to and from work.
Uber Eats is an on-demand food delivery app and website that helps bring millions of people around the world the food they want, at the tap of a button. We partner with over 400,000 restaurants in more than 6,000 cities across 45 countries and six continents who make meals for every taste and occasion. From speciality local favourites to everyday national brand names, Uber Eats offers millions of dishes while maintaining an average delivery time under 30 minutes.