Amazon partners with Second Harvest to make contactless deliveries

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 16:13:41-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Amazon is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to make contactless deliveries to underserved communities amid the ongoing public health crisis.

The food bank will prepare and provide shelf-stable groceries and prepackaged foods while Amazon Flex employees will make doorstop deliveries.

"We are grateful for the support in helping us augment our food distribution in Tennessee, where we serve 46 counties – nearly half the state," said Nancy Keil, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. "We work with hundreds of hyperlocal partner agencies, who’ve experienced an unprecedented surge in demand. We’ve heard from many in our community that they relying on food bank resources for the first time because of COVID-19. With Amazon’s help, we’ve been able to deliver food packages directly to people’s homes for the first time and offer contactless, drive-through deliveries to the unemployed, underemployed, seniors and others observing stay-at-home orders."

Amazon has partnered with food banks in 25 cities in the U.S. The company said it plans to deliver 6 million meals nationwide to underserved and vulnerable communities by June.