At Shipt, we strive to bring the convenience of grocery delivery to busy people across the country. We want to allow our members to spend less time grocery shopping and more time doing the things they care about. It’s a mission we love, and it keeps us motivated every day.
During our grocery delivery journey across the country, we have learned so much about the communities that we serve. We ate the delicious food crafted by local business owners; and we experienced and enjoyed the cultural attractions that make each city unique. We also work with partners who are making a difference in the areas we serve. Many of these partners are committed to addressing food insecurity and hunger, a cause which is near to our hearts.
Food insecurity is a huge issue that impacts families and children across the U.S. If someone is “food insecure,” he or she does not have access to the food necessary to live a healthy, active life (USDA). According to the USDA, 14 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2014. Even more concerning is the fact that many of those households have children under the age of 18.
We believe that all families should be able to access the food they need to live healthy lives. It is a philosophy that informs our work and drives our community partnerships.
In several cities, we work with and learn from community organizations that are actively focused on increasing access to healthy foods. One of the organizations, the Jones Valley Teaching Farm, is located right in our backyard.
Jones Valley promotes critical thinking and teaches students about food production and healthy food options. Their work is conducted on multiple farms, and their “Good School Food” program is administered through schools across Birmingham. They emphasize hands-on instruction, so that children and families can not only gain access to better food options but also learn how to achieve them.
We also work with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. Feeding America food banks are located in many of the cities in which we work, including, but not limited to Tampa, Atlanta and Dallas. Currently, 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs provide food and services to more than 46 million people each year.
Feeding America is committed to addressing hunger every day, while also seeking long-term solutions to end hunger in America. They advocate, conduct research and raise awareness – to help us better understand the root causes of hunger.
During our #Give1Get1 campaign in support of Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month, we committed to matching all canned food item purchases from the Shipt app and donating the cans to local Feeding America food banks. Shipt members took to their smartphones and started ordering canned food items, and they helped raise 16,000 canned food items for food banks in the metros we serve.
Moving forward, we will continue to learn from these organizations (and many others), providing any support we can in the fight against food insecurity and hunger. We, at Shipt, are prepared to put our resources to work, so we can increase the number of people who are food secure. No one deserves to be hungry, and no one should be. Let’s work together to ensure that families and children have access to the food necessary to live healthy, active lives.