San Francisco Business Times: Cruise drives to fight food insecurity
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San Francisco Business Times – July 28, 2022
By Jennifer Orr
At the start of the pandemic, Cruise’s autonomous vehicles were already logging miles on the streets of San Francisco, but it wasn’t taxiing ride-seekers to jobs, shops or bars. The cars, known as AVs, were delivering free groceries and meals to the city’s low-income residents.
It was the early days of the pandemic, when food insecurity was climbing at alarming rates. The number of households relying on the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank had nearly doubled from 32,000 a week to almost 60,000, according to Amanda Lenaghan, Cruise’s head of Social Impact.
“Our Cruise AVs were able to help the food bank quickly scale their deliveries in order to meet that increasing need,” Lenaghan said.
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