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Aetna, Lyft to give Baltimore schools access to rides for families

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LYFT - In this image distributed on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, Lyft’s new Amp glows on the dashboard of a car in San Francisco. (Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft)

This collaboration is an expansion of LyftUp – Lyft’s comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. A significant challenge among these school district families is securing transportation to complete essential trips. (Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft)

Aetna, a CVS Health company, Monday announced it will give $100,000 in essential rides for families in school districts in Baltimore, as well as Chicago, Denver and Seattle, in collaboration with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and Lyft to help families this school year.

Aetna Senior Vice President of Public and Labor Erich Twachtman explained, “By teaming up with NSBA and Lyft, Aetna is demonstrating our commitment to addressing the social determinants of health (including access to transportation) during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Specifically, this contribution will help public school students and their families prepare for whatever the new school year looks like during this extraordinary crisis.”

This collaboration is an expansion of LyftUp – Lyft’s comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. A significant challenge among these school district families is securing transportation to complete essential trips. “By activating LyftUp, we’re able to help them get to grocery stores and food banks and access other essential services,” said Lisa Boyd, director of Social Impact at Lyft.

NSBA has identified high risk communities in targeted locations across the country who will benefit from this program. Transportation challenged families in rural and disadvantaged areas will receive Lyft codes, which are valued at $20 and $40. The codes have a 60-day expiration date, but can be used multiple times within the 60 days until the full dollar amount has been used. Students in need and their families can access the ride-sharing resources at www.lyft.com/lyftup.

“NSBA is happy to collaborate with Aetna to provide much needed support to public school students and families who are struggling during this pandemic,” said Anna Maria Chávez, National School Boards Association Executive Director & CEO. “We value our relationship with Aetna and Lyft and look forward to collaborating on future initiatives that expand opportunities and increase equitable access for our nation’s school children.”

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