A pilot program is expanding to the city’s west and near north sides to help families get to and from grocery stores. The Lyft Grocery Access pilot provides $1 Lyft rides to and from stores for families living in areas of limited food access. The pilot first launched in July on the city’s far east side. So far, it has provided more than 1,000 rides to over 130 people.
The expanded pilot will serve residents in an area bounded by 42nd Street on the north, St. Clair Street on the south, Meridian Street on the east, and Riverside Drive on the west. Participants will have the option to choose from several area grocery stores, including Cleo’s Bodega Grocery and Cafe, Kroger (both 2630 West Michigan Street and 524 East 16th Street locations), Save A Lot, Saraga International Grocery and Safeway.
More than 200,000 people in Indianapolis live in food deserts. Some in the community believe this program will make it easier for families to get healthy food. And more than 1 in 5 people in Indianapolis are food insecure. Potential participants can sign up by filling out the registration form.
Once approved, participants can use their discounted rides by doing the following:
- Download the Lyft app on their phone
- Participants will be notified when ride credit has been added to their Lyft account
- When ready to shop, participants can simply open the Lyft app and enter their destination
- Ride credit will be automatically applied to rides to and from participating grocery providers
The 2020 City-County budget includes a further $500,000 investment in developing a multi-year plan to address food issues in Indianapolis, too, as well as launch the Indy Food Fund, a neighborhood-based grant program.