Taxi drivers delivering free meals to vulnerable New Yorkers receive pay increase

Taxi drivers who deliver free meals to vulnerable New Yorkers had a big win over the weekend.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2020, 9:58 AM

Updated 1,488 days ago

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Taxi drivers who deliver free meals to vulnerable New Yorkers had a big win over the weekend.
The drivers will now be getting paid more to help vulnerable New Yorkers get access to meals.
The delivery program started last month to help both vulnerable New Yorkers and taxi drivers in need, and out of work.
Drivers with TLC licenses, whether they drive a yellow cab or Uber, can deliver free meals. People sign up and drive up to food distribution spots, and a National Guard member hands over the bags or boxes packed with groceries.
One of those locations is the Hunts Point Recreational Center in the Bronx. Drivers then take those groceries right to doors of the elderly and families in need.
Those participating were originally offered $15 an hour, plus reimbursement for gas mileage and tolls. Now, drivers enrolled are getting a flat rate of $53 per delivery route. To break it down, it is a $40 base pay plus $13 for expenses. The goal is for drivers to make more money.
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The drivers will have the option to take multiple trips in a day. The head of New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is glad about the decision, but said the city needs to provide gloves and masks to keep protecting drivers and riders.
For those who want to know if they’re eligible to receive free grocery deliveries, they are asked to call 311.


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