Alto, a ride-share company based in Dallas, will pick up donations Friday for the North Texas Food Bank.
The company, founded in 2018, partnered with the food bank for "contactless" donations.
"We believe it's always important to give back, but this year, given the unprecedented circumstances we're operating in as a city, as a country and as a world, it's extra important this year," says Will Coleman, Alto's founder.
The company sent an email to members and guests who have booked rides before with instructions on how to sign up. People who sign up for a donation can leave canned goods outside their house Friday morning and will be picked up by Alto drivers.
"We're always looking for ways we can collaborate with others in our community and to make sure we're giving back to the communities that help support Alto and help us grow," Coleman says.
Members and guests can sign up to leave a donation and put it outside by 9 a.m. Friday. Alto operates its own fleet of vehicles, and its drivers are company employees. Coleman says he hopes to be fully booked with donation pick-ups, which will then be dropped off at the food bank.
"We do encourage customers to sign up early because our hope is demand will certainly outstrip supply, and we'll do every single pick-up we possibly can," Coleman says.
Alto was founded in Dallas in 2018 and now serves the entire Metroplex with a fleet of about 100 cars. The company expanded into Houston and also plans to expand into California.
Since the company owns its own fleet of cars, Coleman says each one has a HEPA air filter and plexiglass divider. Each driver has a temperature check before and after each shift.