Bergen County food security nonprofits Ridgewood Feed the Frontlines, HealthBarn Foundation Inc., and the Bergen County Food Security Task Force launched partnerships this week with DoorDash, which will help deliver hot meals to the county’s food pantries.
For Feed the Frontlines, the partnership will support its ongoing program to deliver 100,000 meals countywide by May 31.
HealthBarn and Feed the Frontlines will receive a $6,500 grant from DoorDash, providing earning opportunities for Dashers and making the deliveries cost-free to recipients. Currently, the program relies heavily on volunteers. A separate volunteer driver is required for each recipient site, with some requiring up to eight drivers to ensure all of the meals are delivered in a timely manner.
DoorDash will partially alleviate the burden on existing volunteers and will fill in the gaps when not enough volunteers are available.
The hot meal program was made possible by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s $1 million grant to HealthBarn USA, which helped create the Feed the Frontlines program. The grant serves to both bring business to the local restaurants and to provide hot meals to Bergen County families reliant on food pantry items.
“There are a lot of moving parts to facilitate this program, especially in coordinating the delivery of the meals from our restaurants in Ridgewood to pantries and nonprofits across Bergen County,” said Stacey Antine, director of HealthBarn Foundation Inc., in a prepared statement. “DoorDash’s generous contribution to help supplement our volunteer force will assist us in making sure we can guarantee direct delivery to all recipients through the end of the program in May.”
These partnerships will bring DoorDash closer to its two-year, 2 million delivery goal, according to DoorDash Government and Nonprofit General Manager Brittany Graunke.