This time of year, the Capital Area Food Bank experiences an outpouring of community support from people who want to make the holiday season a bit brighter for local children, seniors and families at risk of hunger. Already, more than 100 schools, individuals and businesses have signed up to host a food drive. In November and December alone, more than 5,000 people will volunteer at the CAFB warehouses in Washington, D.C. and Lorton, Virginia.
As a way to say thanks, we’ve paired up with Uber to reward you for delivering goodwill to the food bank this holiday season.
How it works
Uber is offering new users a free ride of up to $25 with the promo code “CAFB” to any CAFB donation location. For a list, click here. Additionally, Uber will furnish a $5 donation to CAFB – the equivalent of 12 meals – when you take your first ride.
Why it matters
This partnership came about as a way to make it easier than ever for individuals to deliver food donations and volunteer their time to the CAFB this holiday season. Here’s why support from the community brings the food bank holiday cheer:
- The food you donate adds up to more than 1 million pounds of food from community food drives each year.
- The hours you commit to volunteering results in a cost-savings of $2.7 million annually.
- The time you take to drop-off food drive donations supports the effective use of our transportation resources, so that our fleet of 15 trucks is free to meet community needs by distributing the equivalent of 100,000 meals each day.
- In turn, your support helps CAFB focus its limited resources on what matters most: food, transportation, and hunger relief programs serving 540,000 people annually throughout the Washington metro area.