My Yard, a London non-profit that picks up excess food and household products and distributes them to a network of London charities and individuals in need, announces a new partnership with Yango Deli, the ultrafast grocery delivery arm of NASDAQ-listed tech giant Yandex.
This is the first time My Yard has partnered with an ultrafast grocery delivery service. Their existing partners include Marks and Spencer’s, Waitrose, Lidl, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsburys, Gail’s bakeries, Wenzel’s bakeries, Food Bank Aid, and The Felix Project, another non-profit that distributes surplus goods.
My Yard founder and CEO Rachel Dimond says their work to ensure excess groceries are matched appropriately to recipients is a point of pride for the organization, but this process can prove tricky.
“While we are very appreciative of all donations, when they are from organizations that buy in bulk, it can be challenging to find the right person or organization able to make use of some surplus food – for example, it’s a big job to figure out the right way to distribute a truckload of celeriac. The partnership with Yango Deli is exciting because they offer an incredibly broad assortment, stocking their warehouses with 2,500 different products, on average. This means that while their surplus is not large, it is incredibly varied, which makes it easier to deliver donations that are both vital and useful to Londoners who need our help,” Dimond says.
Individuals and organizations across London benefit from My Yard but the charity primarily focuses on the Harrow, Barnet and Bushey neighbourhoods to challenge food poverty and its many negative consequences that are harmful to health and wellbeing.
“At Yango Deli we have a clear philosophy – it is not enough to simply be a successful business; we must positively impact the communities where we operate. Our partnership with My Yard helps us support some of our most vulnerable neighbours while finding a good home for leftover food. We are in awe of the work My Yard does to make London a more caring and compassionate city and are honoured to be their first ultrafast grocery delivery partner,” says Evgeny Chernikov, General Manager of Yango Deli UK.
Yango Deli delivers from a network of hyperlocal warehouses, sometimes called dark stores, located in Bethnal Green, Battersea, Bermondsey, and Acton.
In London, one in six children and one in five adults experience food insecurity, defined as reduced and disrupted eating patterns due to lack of money or other resources necessary to obtain food. My Yard collects surplus products from Yango Deli to distribute to food banks, other charities, and in partnership with Harrow Council, Homegroup Housing association and HFTRA to provide support to vulnerable tenants. The non-profit also shares small weekly packages with the Violence Intervention Project, St. Peter’s @OneStonegrove, Peasbody Almshouses, WD6 Food Support Charity, Herts Prems, Steps to Success, and Northwick Park hospital.