Business News Sri Lanka: Uber Eats, in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka and the Voice for Voiceless Foundation, is distributing LKR 8.5 million worth of dry rations across the country to support low-income communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This initiative is being carried out as part of Uber’s global pledge to provide 10 million rides and food deliveries free of charge to healthcare workers and communities in need.
The dry rations are being delivered to areas with restricted or no access to essential supplies during the ongoing pandemic and due to the recent flooding. The Government of Sri Lanka and Voice For Voiceless Foundation are assisting in distributing dry ration packs to the armed forces, police officers, estate workers, single mothers, and places of worship.
Commenting on the initiative, Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, Member of the Parliament stated, “I thank Uber for their support during this crisis. From delivering essentials, donating food packs and providing free transport to health care workers directly involved in battling COVID19, their contribution in this time of crisis is deeply appreciated.”
Bhavna Dadlani, Lead, UberEats Sri Lanka added, “As the country unites against the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to partner with the Government of Sri Lanka and Voice For Voiceless Foundation to support the country’s most vulnerable communities. We pledge to continue to stand in solidarity with our fellow citizens as best as we can.”
In addition to distributing dry ration packs, Uber has utilised its technology and vast network of driver partners to offer LKR 8.5 million worth of free rides via UberMedic to frontline healthcare workers. Uber also provided LKR 10 million worth of safety supplies to drivers in partnership with Dettol, and is assisting in providing additional income for restaurant and delivery partners through Uber Eats’ new in-app tipping feature.
About Uber Eats: UberEats allows people to search for and discover local restaurants, order a meal at the touch of a button, and have it delivered reliably and quickly. Since launching the Eats app three and a half years ago, the business has leveraged Uber’s technology and logistics expertise to serve 500+ cities globally, all while keeping average delivery time under 30 minutes. We believe that UberEats has grown to be the largest meal delivery platform in the world outside of China based on gross bookings.