Lyft adds food, medical supply delivery services

Lyft adds food, medical supply delivery services
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Lyft announced Friday it is expanding its services to include delivery of medical supplies and food to vulnerable populations as coronavirus spreads.

The ride-share giant is partnering with governments and healthcare providers for contactless delivery of medical supplies and test kits.

Additionally, Lyft drivers will be able to pick up meals for distribution to seniors and children who previously received reduced price lunch. This program will begin in the Bay Area, but Lyft is planning to scale it up.

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Lyft previously announced it would be stopping shared rides to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

While the company has taken several steps to help the public, drivers for the company have said efforts to protect them have been insufficient.

Lyft announced earlier this month that it will “provide funds to drivers” who become sick or are put in isolation because of the virus.

The rideshare business has plummeted as more people stay home, eating into the pockets of drivers.