Uber Eats, Sri Lanka’s most loved food and grocery delivery platform, and the Sri Lanka chapter of the Robin Hood Army (RHA), a zero-funds volunteer organization, have come together to support vulnerable communities affected by the economic crisis. They will use their platform, scale, and reach, to collect dry ration donations that will be provided to the most impacted families across Colombo.
Beginning September, customers can donate dry ration packs by placing orders directly on the Uber Eats app to dedicated RHA collection points across the city. Uber Eats will match the value of each donation made on their app. RHA volunteers, called ‘Robins’, will collect these donations every day from the collection points and help distribute them.
Sharing her views on the partnership, Bhavna Dadlani Jayawardana, General Manager, Uber Sri Lanka, said, “We are committed to helping Sri Lanka and the communities that we serve. We are pleased to partner with the Robin Hood Army – Sri Lanka and hope to support families that need it the most at this difficult time. As a proud Sri Lankan, I would encourage everyone to donate generously and do their bit to help our country emerge stronger from this crisis.”
Commenting on the partnership, Mohamed Huzam Hussain, Volunteer Management Team, Robin Hood Army – Sri Lanka Chapter, said, “At this challenging time, the partnership with Uber is a timely initiative that will use the collective strength of Sri Lankans to support the less fortunate. We are confident that the popular Uber Eats app will help raise significant donations that our Robins will distribute throughout the city. We would call upon every Sri Lankan to support the most vulnerable in their time of need.”
What can be donated?
Standardized packs of dry rations consisting of rice, dhal, sugar, canned food, milk powder, dried sprats and canned fish, etc. These will be priced from Rs. 1,000 upwards and would be available from select stores on the Uber Eats app in Colombo.
Steps to donate
1. On the Home Screen of the Uber Eats app, change your delivery address to one of the RHA Collection Points.
- Robin Hood Army Collection Point – Battaramulla
446, Dutugemunu Mawatha, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
- Robin Hood Army Collection Point – Boralesgamuwa
33, Newton Seneviratne Mawatha, Boralesgamuwa
- Robin Hood Army Collection Point – Colombo 9
57, Mahawela Cross Street, Colombo
2. Scroll through the app to find a merchant with a green heart that says #DeliveringLove on their cover image, or tap on the #DeliveringLove in-app billboard to select a merchant participating in the campaign.
3. On the merchant’s menu, scroll to the #DeliveringLove category and select a Donation Pack and add it to your cart.
4. Proceed to the Checkout page, double check the address, select a debit/credit card to pay and confirm your order.
5. Track your order until it reaches the selected RHA Collection Point.
Uber has continued to find ways to support the community since the early days of the crisis. Since August 2022, Uber Eats and RHA have been working together to redirect canceled orders to members of vulnerable communities. Last week, Uber donated USD 200,000 to the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society to distribute dry rations and life-saving medicines to impacted communities.
Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we’re building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.
About Robin Hood Army
Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based, zero-funds organization that works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community to less fortunate people. Each local chapter is run by friends and colleagues, who hope to create a difference in their own unique way. Robin Hood Army operates entirely under the model of collection and distribution, completely carried out by volunteers. The Organization has a strict no-funds policy, meaning that growth and function are entirely supported by social media and partnerships.