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Petition hopes to end DC’s food delivery desert east of Anacostia River

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WASHINGTON — Craving Thai for dinner? What about Korean barbecue from that new downtown restaurant? Either way, you can have it all delivered to your door with the click of a button using one of several meal delivery services that operate in D.C. — unless you live east of the Anacostia River.

But an online petition launched by 31-year-old Ward 7 resident Latoya Watson hopes to change that. Her campaign on the platform Spendrise calls for popular food delivery companies — including Caviar, Postmates and DoorDash — to expand their delivery services to include all of D.C., most notably Wards 7 and 8.

According to census data from D.C.’s Office of Planning, Wards 7 and 8 have the highest percentage of black residents — 94.9 percent and 93.5 percent, respectively.

“Communities of color, especially the east-of-the-river communities, have just been underserved and neglected for so long, and that’s not OK,” said Watson, who lives in the River Terrace neighborhood of Southeast D.C.

“If we don’t speak up, that neglect will continue to happen.”

Watson said the petition, which she posted on April 4, is something she has wanted to do for a long time. A previous Facebook post of hers caught the eye of Spendrise CEO Eric Shih, who reached out to her offering his help. But it was Tim Carman’s April 2 article in The Washington Post on the same subject that gave her the final nudge she needed.

In the article, Carman spoke with a resident in the Benning neighborhood of Northeast D.C., also east of the river, who couldn’t get Domino’s or Pizza Hut delivered to her home.

There are currently three grocery stores servicing Wards 7 and 8 combined; most areas of the city average six grocery stores per ward. Watson said in an area of the city already deemed a food desert, it’s frustrating.

“There’s nowhere we can walk to go to the grocery store. … You have people in these communities where maybe they’re disabled, maybe they’re older and they can’t walk anywhere either, so a food delivery service is exactly what people like that need,” she said, adding that Uber Eats does deliver to the area and gets good business because of that.

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