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Food banks, Axios reports, more and more are relying on "donated services" to reach people in need "who can't or won't make the trek to pick up groceries."

Examples cited in the piece:

"DoorDash last week unveiled a partnership with 18 mayors that will provide funding for delivery and logistical expertise to help get donated food to people in need … Instacart announced a pilot program with the Partnership for a Healthier America that will provide needy families with a restricted stipend to buy nutritious food, along with a free Instacart membership and waived delivery fees," and Amazon, which in 2020 "began a Community Delivery program - donating transportation and logistical support to food banks - in 2020. It's in 20 states + D.C., and is on track to deliver 315,000 boxes of food this year."

KC's View:

See my comments about the story above … this is all about delivery/logistics companies  becoming as essential as possible to as many people as possible.  Yes, this also is about doing the right thing, and helping where help is needed.  But the long term advantage to the companies is becoming part of the infrastructure.