New United Way partnership safely connects students and seniors with essential food.

New United Way partnership safely connects students and seniors with essential food.

Image of a car with a DoorDash window decal and a Hunger Task Force delivery person loading boxes into the trunk.

October 8, 2021

For Elizabeth of Milwaukee, grocery shopping is a challenge.  

Relying on a cane for mobility, Elizabeth has a hard time getting around. However, as a mother and caregiver to her son Kyle, who uses a wheelchair, having the supplies to make healthy meals is essential.  

Thanks to Ride United Last Mile Delivery (RULMD), grocery shopping has become a little easier for Elizabeth and hundreds of seniors and students in our community.  

RULMD, an initiative begun by United Way Worldwide in partnership with DoorDash, gets charitable food and household goods to those in need who are not able to access transportation or who have to remain in place at home as a precaution against COVID-19. Locally, RULMD is represented as “Stockbox DoorDash” -- a partnership between United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Hunger Task Force, and DoorDash. Stockbox DoorDash provides income-eligible seniors and students learning virtually who rely on school to access meals with a delivery of a free stockbox of non-perishable food to their home via DoorDash.  

Currently, over 700 Milwaukee and Waukesha County participants are enrolled in the program. 

The additional groceries help Elizabeth stretch her monthly food budget. “I couldn’t believe they got so much food into that little box! I was surprised by the variety and quality of the food – the stockbox included food that I really like.” 

“Ride United Last Mile Delivery is a best-practice partnership that affords communities the opportunity to address a critical need – food security among seniors and virtual-learning students during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nicole Angresano of United Way. “This need will continue to exist even after the pandemic, and the delivery of these essential items is key to providing convenience and dignity to individuals and families in our community. We are grateful to our partners Hunger Task Force and DoorDash who are flexing their logistical muscles to ensure that we support those in our community in need of healthy food!” 

To learn more about this partnership and how you or someone you know can sign up, click here.  

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