Alexandria, VA – FLARE, an electric shuttle service, has launched its Meals for Community Heroes Program that will connect local restaurants and sponsors with those on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Arlington County and the organizations supporting these efforts. FLARE is encouraging restaurants, potential sponsors, and recipient organizations to sign up at: https://flarerides.com/covid-19/.
“We are eager to continue our efforts to serve the community by delivering food during this pandemic, and to that end, we have launched our Meals for Community Heroes Program. We want to support fellow Arlington small businesses and honor the first responders, employees, staff and volunteers who are working hard on the front lines of our community response to COVID-19 by enabling them to have lunch provided by those who want to support them,” said FLARE CEO Andres Delgado.
FLARE will pick up and deliver lunch from a local restaurant to a specific organization that is paid for by a local sponsor. Purchases are made directly between the sponsor and restaurant, with FLARE making the delivery and accepting tips only if the sponsor elects to provide them.
The program began on May 15 with lunch provided by Copperwood Tavern delivered to staff and volunteers at the Arlington Food Assistance Center and sponsored by WETA Virginia Public Television, all three of whom are neighbors in Shirlington.
“We welcome local restaurants and essential personnel to enroll in our program so that we can match them together,” Delgado said. “FLARE will serve as the intermediary and make the food deliveries.”
Restaurants throughout south Arlington have already signed up to work with FLARE on this Meals for Community Heroes Program.
Since the quarantine began, FLARE has shifted gears to pick up and delivery of food donations instead of passengers. “We are working to adapt our service in order to best serve the community around us. This is a time for businesses and the community members to work together,” Delgado said.
FLARE is working with the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization to deliver lunch for Virginia Hospital Center staff every Tuesday and Friday.
FLARE has partnered with the Ballston Business Improvement District to collect and deliver food donations from five locations in Ballston for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) every Friday.
FLARE, in partnership with the Crystal City Civic Association and Crystal City Business Improvement District, is currently collecting and transporting food donations for AFAC in 10 apartment buildings in Crystal City.
In March, FLARE partnered with the Aurora Heights Civic Association, and delivered over 800 lbs. of food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center.