With conventional relief trucks or other large vehicles unable to reach some people in need in built-up areas, the delivery and sharing app has developed a new customized version of the platform. online platform, “allow WFP arrive better coordinate, maneuver and track a smaller fleet of vehicles the agency said in a press release.
Through this platform, WFP can bring its food closer to those in need, dispatch deliveries of various vehicle sizes, track each trip to destination and confirm deliveries have been made safelythe agency said.
Through this partnership, WFP has moved food from its warehouse in the important eastern city of Dnipro – not far from where Ukrainian forces are fighting the Russian advance – to other parts of the city. , ready for distribution.
Further deliveries are also taking place in other parts of the country, including Lviv, Vinnytsia, Kyiv and Chernivtsi. Delivery progress can be tracked in real time through the platform.
Serve the community
“WFP is playing an important role in providing food and cash assistance to those most affected. by the war in Ukraine. This technology helps WFP facilitate response and improves the way we serve the communities in Ukraine that rely on us,” said Matthew Hollingworth, WFP Emergency Coordinator in Ukraine.
“It enhances our access to Ukrainian businesses in Uber’s network, making our operations more efficient while tapping into local capabilities.”
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, said the company is “delighted to partner with WFP to help them more efficiently distribute emergency relief food across Ukraine, by providing free access to into a customized version of the Uber platform.”
“Using our technology, WFP can now schedule, send, track and manage deliveries using a network of cars and minivans to final distribution point within a radius of 100 km of WFP warehouses nationwide,” added Mr. Khosrowshahi.
This work is in addition to a $250,000 grant made by Uber to the U.S. World Food Program to support the emergency response in Ukraine.
“We thank Uber for helping us with vital humanitarian assistance in Ukraine. Private area Collaborations like these are critical in helping us deploy innovative, customized solutions to complex challenges.” said Barron Segar, President and CEO of the World Food Program USA.
WFP has rapidly expanded its operations in and around Ukraine over the past three months. By the end of June, WFP will provide food and cash to more than 3 million people a month in the country.