United Way announces 35,000 Last-Mile Deliveries Completed in New Orleans


Ride United Last-Mile Delivery, launched in April, in partnership with DoorDash, brings food and supplies to vulnerable populations

United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) Wednesday announced the delivery of 35,218 food boxes and household supplies to vulnerable people throughout Orleans Parish through the Ride United Last-Mile Delivery initiative. This milestone delivery also marks the delivery of one million meals to those in need throughout the country since the program’s inception in April.  

United Way’s partnership with DoorDash – and generous funding from donors, including The Rockefeller Foundation and Safeway Stores’ Nourishing Neighbors program – enabled delivery services of food boxes from local food banks, food pantries and other distribution points to older adults, low-income families and those who cannot leave home.

The most common client profiles are:

  • Female, older adults living alone
  • High risk, immuno-compromised populations that are vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, and must quarantine
  • People who have lost jobs/wages and are without transportation or child care

“The last mile represents the final hurdle in getting food to people who must remain at home due to COVID-19 and who experience food insecurity,” said Michael Williamson, UWSELA President and CEO. “United Ways and the 211 network have convened local agencies, food banks and grocery partners to identify available food for people who cannot travel and arrange for deliveries by DoorDash ‘Dashers.’ Solving problems sustainably takes partnership. By working together, we can make sure every person gets the support they need in this challenging time.”

Across New Orleans, Ride United Last-Mile engaged volunteers in over 31,400 hours of service, providing clients with more than 450,000 meals since the program’s inception. 

Those interested in supporting Ride United or learning more can visit UnitedWay.org/RideUnited.  Those who need help finding available local resources, including food, can call 211 or visit 211.org for more information.