DoorDash Impact Stories
June 24, 2022
We are grateful for partnerships with Amazon and DoorDash who help us make home deliveries to families without transportation or who might not be able to get to a food pantry for a variety of reasons. We know these partnerships are truly lifechanging for so many in our community. We recently sat down with some recipients of DoorDash deliveries, and here are their stories:
New Castle resident Maria is a working mom who wouldn’t be able to get the help she needs from the Food Bank of Delaware, if were not for our new home delivery service provided by DoorDash.
She’s a property manager – unable to leave her workplace to pick up food at a mobile pantry for herself and her two children, ages 6 and 15. “I’m working, but not able to make ends meet. So, I went online looking for help,” she said.
The Food Bank has partnered with Amazon and Door Dash to provide delivery to qualified clients. Delaware residents who need emergency food may pick up at our Healthy Pantry Centers. Visit https://www.fbd.org/home-delivery/ to learn more about this service.
“It’s helped a lot, the convenience of it,” Maria said. She notes that she’s able to prepare healthy meals for her family, and her children really like the food.
Transportation is a challenge for Angelina and her family. Yes, there is a car – one car – that her husband needs to get to and from work. Angelina is a stay-at-home mom with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter. She’s grateful that she can work from home on a part-time basis, but it’s still difficult to go to a grocery store and buy food without a car.
“And there are COVID concerns,” she adds.
So, when she got an email alerting her to the Food Bank of Delaware’s new service offering home delivery, she seized the opportunity. The boxes – delivered to her door each week – supplement what she’s able to buy, she explained.
“What we don’t use, I don’t waste. I share it,” Angelina said. “This is much easier to get, and it’s very helpful.”
Angela and her family have weathered some tough times, but it seems as though things are improving for them. She had been unemployed and was living with some of her children in a hotel. “I went from September to May without work. Yes, that’s a long time.”
Angela is a mom to six – three of whom are adults, living on their own – and she has one grandchild.
She recently got a job providing customer service by phone from home. “I’m getting rental assistance. I was living in the hotel with the kids after my divorce. I was amazed by the generosity of complete strangers. Someone would come around with breakfast sandwiches donated by Wawa. People must feel the human connection. You just never know.”
Like many people we assist, visiting a grocery store or having access to food comes with multiple challenges.
“I actually live close to the Food Bank, but I have no transportation,” she said. She learned about our new home delivery service through a Facebook group.
“It’s a boost,” Angela said. “The kids love the milk and pasta sauce, and I re-donate to someone what the kids won’t eat. It holds me over. I think it’s great.”