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Grocery Access Program launches in Baltimore City

Eligible residents can get discounted Lyft rides to grocery stores
Posted at 5:02 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 10:17:12-05

BALTIMORE — Baltimore city officials are working to reduce transportation barriers to healthy food for residents.

Monday Mayor Jack Young announced the launch of the Baltimore Grocery Access Program. The program will give up to 200 eligible families in west and south Baltimore $2.50 cent flat-rate fare on up to eight Lyft rides per month to and from participating grocery stores through April 30, 2020.

"This innovative rideshare pilot not only helps people get to and from the grocery store, but also reduces travel time and puts money back into the pockets of residents so that they are able to buy more healthy foods,” said Young.

Participating stores include:

  • Save A Lot (250 McMechen St.)
  • Shoppers (2000 Gwynns Falls Pkwy.)
  • Save A Lot (3427 Clifton Ave.)
  • Giant #317 (4624 Edmondson Ave.)
  • Food Depot (2495 Frederick Ave.)
  • Price Rite (1205 W. Pratt St.)
  • Streets Market & Cafe (222 N. Charles St.)
  • Eddie’s of Mt. Vernon (7 W. Eager St.)
  • Save A Lot (1101 Pennsylvania Ave.)
  • Safeway (2401 N. Charles St.)
  • ALDI (3140 Washington Blvd.)
  • LA Mart (2159 W Patapsco Ave)
  • Price Rite (1205 W. Pratt St.)
  • Shoppers (857 E. Fort Ave.)
  • Harris Teeter (1801 Whetstone Way)
  • MegaMart (3400 Annapolis Rd.) - coming soon

Registration for the program is open for west Baltimore residents who live within the boundary of West North Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, West Mulberry Street, West Franklin Street, Edmondson Avenue, and Hilton Parkway and must not have access to a personal vehicle. South Baltimore residents must reside in the Cherry Hill, Lakeland, or Westport neighborhoods.

Prospective participants can register at here. Plans for extending the program are currently underway.

The program is in partnership with Lyft, Baltimore City, Baltimore Development Corporation, and South Baltimore Gateway Partnership.