Uber, Bengals team up to collect canned food donations for Freestore Foodbank

Open Uber app from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday
Posted at 7:13 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 07:13:02-05


CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals fans can help local residents in need by donating canned food items with the push of a button on their Uber app this Thursday only.

Uber drivers across Cincinnati will be collecting canned food donations for the Freestore Foodbank ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Gather canned food items you are willing to donate.
  2. Open the Uber app between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and request the “GIVE” option.
  3. If connected with a driver, you will see your driver’s name, license plate and car type at the bottom of your screen. You can also follow your driver’s journey directly within the app.
  4. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you curbside to collect your donation items and deliver them to the Freestore Foodbank at no cost.
  5. Keep in mind demand may be high - so please be patient!

“We are excited to partner with Uber to benefit the Freestore Foodbank,” said Emily Parker, Bengals director of communications. “Every contribution makes a difference for Tri-State families in need and we encourage fans to use Uber on Thursday to help donate to a great cause.”

Residents who are unable to donate on Thursday can still help the Freestore Foodbank by making a donation directly or by bringing canned goods to the Bengals game on Sunday.

“Hunger affects people you see every day — the cashier at the grocery store, a child in your son or daughter’s class, the senior down the street who requires expensive medications,” said Kurt Reiber, president and CEO of the Freestore Foodbank. “We truly appreciate this partnership between Uber and the Cincinnati Bengals to help support our efforts to feed hungry children and families in our community.”

Last year, Freestore Foodbank provided more than 23 million meals to families in need. Their annual canned food drives make up a large part of how those families are served.