Ride-hailing service, Uber is partnering with the Nigeria Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to delivers meals to vulnerable children
Acute food crisis has been identified within the 36 states of Nigeria with over 7 million hungry people. In order to solve this issue, Uber is partnering with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development to provide food for children in Lagos and Abuja for a start.
The Home-Grown School Feeding Programme was launched by MHA with the assistance of Uber sometimes last week. With this, they will be able to have access to lots of communities. The partnership will mobilize transportation of needed food parcels to over 260 identified food banks to bring necessary relief and support for up to 70,000 households through food distribution. This will also get over 3 million children fed.
Uber’s Country Manager for Nigeria, Ridwan Olalere, speaking the partnership said, “Partnering with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, we are able to leverage our driver network to connect so many more locals in need with essential items. Aside from the economic opportunity that this provides drivers, this offers the liberty to move what matters, ensuring that communities most vulnerable get the assistance they need during these uncertain times”.
The ride-hailing service will provide MHA front-line workers with transportation to and from food banks and drop-off points, which will provide the last-mile efforts to get to the most vulnerable communities.
This collective effort from MHA and Uber will allow children to have access to the right nutrition they need to continue learning, while the ministry continues to work with the government and other stakeholders to map out the areas where the foods are needed.