Latoya Watson, campaign creator
I wanted to let you know about a new campaign launched by Ward 7 resident, Latoya Watson. She created an online petition to ask meal delivery apps Caviar, Postmates, and DoorDash to expand their service area to Ward 7 and Ward 8.
We recognize that businesses should be accountable to their customers. With this petition, Latoya wants to make sure these companies hear directly from their would-be customers in Wards 7 and 8, as well as their allies in the rest of the District.
“I live in River Terrace, and I work downtown. The disparity between what I can access at work versus at home is astounding. New companies promise a better, more open, more convenient future, but seeing the inequitable distribution of service makes me ask, a better future for whom? It’s pretty hard to miss that delivery services are disproportionately leaving out Black individuals, like me, my family, and my neighbors. Black people deserve quality food and equal service, and that’s why I started this campaign. Something has to change.”
Meredith B: “Wards 7 and 8 are food deserts and underserved in every way. Businesses need to realize that there is money to be made East of the River and that it is in their business’ best interest to do business there. And it is simply the right thing to do.”
Chris G: “There is no reason that I should have access to food delivery as a resident of upper NW, when Wards 7 and 8 are oftentimes located closer to your partnering restaurants. Until you begin serving ALL of DC’s residents, I won’t be using your services.”
Tyrell Holcomb, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7F Chair: “As a native of Ward 7 I’ve watched other areas experience rapid growth to include new sit down restaurants and food delivery options. The lack of food options on the East End, unfortunately is one of race, this injustice must end!”
Find the entire list of comments from the petition here.”