LyftUp Job Access is Lyft’s comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. Through LyftUp, Lyft has partnered with leading nonprofits such as Gold House and the All of Us Movement to help provide free and discounted rides to individuals and families who lack affordable, reliable transportation to gain access to healthy food, get to job interviews, get to the polls, connect with critical resources in the aftermath of natural disasters, and more. COVID19 has disproportionately impacted minority-owned small and medium sized businesses (SMB's). The All of Us Movement was a proud partner in this launch, helping provide free transportation to Asian-owned restaurants and Black-owned restaurants in New York City:

 

Restaurant: Melba's Kitchen
Neighborhood: Harlem, NYC
Website: www.melbasrestaurant.com

"The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our business like no other imaginable scenario. The host of unknowns make it virtually impossible to plan. We are ultimately, forced to pivot and persevere. At the onset of the quarantine, we had to furlough two-thirds of our employees who are like extended family members. As the doors opened for outdoor dining, we were able to bring back some of our staff and hire new employees. Yet still, we had to double our operating hours during the weekdays to compensate for the loss in sales and an increase in expenses.The quarantine has had an effect on the restaurant industry which extends way beyond these four walls. Many of our team use their wages to care for families here in America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Africa. Entire families are impacted and that has been the toughest pill to swallow. Lyft credits [are] a tremendous asset to our team. The City has curtailed the bus and train schedules and many of our staff travel to and from the restaurant at a time when public transportation is not available. Having a safe and affordable means of transportation during the less accessible late nights and early mornings would lift a load off of their shoulders and my heart.”

 

 

Restaurant: Bessou
Neighborhood: New York, NYC
Website: www.bessou.nyc

"COVID has completely changed our business. As with other restaurants, we have been closed for indoor dining and offer outdoor dining on the weekends. We have pivoted to offering a variety of takeout options including pantry items and meal kits, and have also been serving our communities with relief meals through the organizations Heart of Dinner and Off Their Plate. Between our two locations, we have 10 employees who have been commuting to work by car, bike or subway. With this Lyft program, my staff will be able to have the option of a private ride, saving valuable time finding parking, waiting for the train or biking across boroughs."

 

Restaurant: The Crabby Shack
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, NYC
Website: www.thecrabbyshack.com

“COVID has impacted us a great deal with employees not wanted to use public transportation to get to work. This program will give some relief and peace of mind to our staff knowing that Lyft has there back. Kick Rocks COVID!!”

 

Restaurant: Tsismis 
Neighborhood: New York, NYC
Website: www.tsismisnyc.com

”This pandemic has brought in tough times for all of us but through resiliency and determination we can overcome this trial if we rise together as a community and rebuild what we have lost.”

Restaurant: Ho Foods 
Neighborhood: New York, NYC
Website: www.hofoods.square.site

”It really is the uncertainty that has affected our business the most. Will people want Taiwanese food? Should we even be open? How do we help the community? Is the staff safe? These and more are questions we've had to constantly ask ourselves. We are lucky enough to have a willing and dedicated staff to help us get through these times. And while work and the world change from day to day, it's nice to know at least they can get a ride home at the end of the night. ”

Restaurant: Jing Fong 
Neighborhood: Chinatown, NYC
Website:
 jingfongny.com

"COVID-19 has affected our business in a major way. Not only is business down 80% to date, we went from 800 seats indoors to 20 seats outdoors, serving alfresco style. Some of our employees decided they did not want to work because they did not want to take the NYC public transportation. Now that they have slowly been reintroduced to NYC public transportation, this Lyft program will help each one of our employees during the storm/cold weather. We are excited to inform our staff that they can take a private Lyft to/from work starting now! Thank you again!!”

 

Full List of Asian and Black-Owned Restaurants We Partnered With for This Launch:

 

Written by: Kaylyn Shibata, Gold House