Target funnels $5 million toward COVID-19 vaccine access

First $1 million to cover Lyft rides to and from vaccination appointments


Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Apr 05, 2021


Target Corp. has earmarked $5 million to support global, national and local efforts to help boost community access to COVID-19 vaccinations.


Minneapolis-based Target said Monday that, to start, the company is contributing $1 million to nonprofits offering access to free and discounted rides to coronavirus vaccine appointments via the Lyft Universal Vaccine Access campaign. Under the program, the rideshare company and a coalition of partners provide underserved communities access to rides to and from immunization sites.


Target noted that the donation, expected to fund tens of thousands of rides, expands its existing partnership with Lyft to provide all U.S.-based Target employees with free roundtrip Lyft rides to vaccine appointments, up to $15 each way.


Another $2.5 million is slated to go to local community groups nationwide to help fund COVID vaccination efforts in their neighborhoods. Target said $500,000 of those funds will aid the Minnesota Council on Foundations work with the Minnesota Department of Health’s vaccine equity effort to reach communities of color, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. The retailer also is funneling dollars to support Latinos Progresando in Chicago to facilitate vaccinations in the Hispanic community...


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