The First Lady of Delaware celebrated the 1 millionth Project DASH delivery Monday at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark warehouse.
Project DASH is a nationwide non-profit initiative of food delivery service DoorDash.
According to the company, the service aims to provide “last-mile delivery and online ordering solutions for government and nonprofit partners, helping hundreds of food banks and food pantries serve their clients.”
The Food Bank of Delaware partnered with Project DASH in early June in an effort to “provide convenience and dignity for its clients to deliver meal boxes to Delawareans who are homebound or lack transportation,” according to a press release from the food bank.
Thanks to the partnership, the Food Bank of Delaware has been able to provide close to 500 home deliveries to Delawareans within a 15-mile radius of its Newark facility.
The service has been made possible with grants from DoorDash, Morgan Stanley and Nemours.
First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney was present at the warehouse to pass off the delivery to the delivery driver — or as DoorDash calls it — the Dasher.
“Creative partnerships are key to solving our most pressing problems, and there is no more foundational issue than food insecurity,” Carney said. “Nothing else we do will have the intended impact if there’s not enough good food on the table.”
Cathy Kanefsky, CEO of the Food Bank of Delaware, said the group’s partnership with DoorDash is critical to meet the needs of Delawareans who are homebound, lack reliable transportation, or can’t afford gas to drive to the food bank.
She said the pandemic exposed how many Delawareans fall through the cracks when addressing food insecurity.
“We are committed to growing this home delivery partnership so that no Delawarean struggles to access food,” Kanefsky said. “Because of its importance we are committed to hiring a full-time staff member to coordinate all of our home delivery programming.”
The program is currently limited to the 15-mile radius surrounding the Newark warehouse, but an informational website notes that the radius will be extended in the coming months.
Customers in need are able to order 2 boxes per delivery.
There are two order options available. The first is a vegetarian box, which can feed a family of 4 for 3 days. The box includes 8 servings of vegetables, 8 servings of fruit, 6 proteins, 3 to 5 dairy items, 3 to 5 grains and one “extra item.”
The second option offers all of the same, but with meat protein options instead of vegetarian proteins.
Items will show prices during the order but a 100% discount is applied automatically at checkout. Customers should leave the delivery tip at 0% — that will be handled through the program.
Orders can also be made for pickup. Customers can place an immediate order or schedule a delivery for later. Click here to place an order.
The Food Bank of Delaware also offers food delivery through Amazon. That service offers weekly non-perishable food boxes delivered by Amazon and Amazon Flex.
Items show prices when you’re ordering, but a 100% discount is provided at checkout to make the meal boxes and delivery free. Please keep the Dasher tip at $0.
Charlie is a staff writer for Delaware LIVE covering Delaware legislative and business news. Previously, Charlie worked for the Delaware State Senate. He was raised in Sussex County before attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he studied political science and philosophy.
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