Starting today, each time someone enters the code 412FOOD into the Uber app during September, the ride-sharing company will donate $1 to 412 Food Rescue.
And, no, you don’t have to call a ride each time you enter the donation code.
Uber and 412 Food Rescue —which prevents food waste by picking up good food to be donated to those in need — announced the new partnership today, in hopes of raising awareness for Hunger Action Month.
In addition to the donations through the app, Uber is giving $20,000 to 412 Food Rescue for its expansion to Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties through the launch of the new 724 Food Rescue. The company also donates its surplus food from the Advanced Technology Group building in the Strip District.
Mayor Bill Peduto recently praised Uber for its new community partnerships, improving his opinion of the company. But he stressed that he wants to see more than just donations from Uber and the other companies working on self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh.
“I am happy to see Uber supporting 412 Food Rescue’s good works and look forward to developing future partnerships that leverage their important work even further,” Peduto said in a press release about the partnership.
And leaders on both sides of the partnership referenced more to come:
“As we take this Pittsburgh innovation to other cities, we look forward to working with Uber to expand our impact nationally,” said Leah Lizarondo, 412 CEO and co-founder.
From Brian Hughes, general manager of Uber Pennsylvania: “Our new partnership provides a way for us to engage the broader Uber community around this important cause … We believe it’s vital to give back to Pittsburgh, and our hope is that we can find new ways to build on this partnership in the future.”
How to help
- Today through Sept. 30, open the Uber app in Pittsburgh
- Tap the menu button and go to the payment section
- Enter the code 412FOOD at the bottom, and Uber will donate $1 to 412 Food Rescue.
- You’re done! No ride required.