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First food delivery service serves Wards 7 and 8 after online petition

Postmates is the very first online food service to deliver to Wards 7 and 8.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — If you are hungry and want food delivered in most parts of D.C., you can head online and order food right to your door from sites like Door Dash, Caviar, or Postmates.

But in Wards 7 and Wards 8, if you tried to place an order, an error message would appear.

Residents living in the area say it's discrimination because 94 percent of the population in African American.

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Others say it's because Wards 7 and Wards 8 top the list in the District for violent crimes in the past year, according to D.C. police.

Food delivery companies said the demand in this area just isn't great enough.

Ward 7 resident LaToya Watson decided she wanted to take action. She created a petition calling for food delivery service companies to deliver to the area. More than 700 people have signed the petition.

Now the company Postmates is the first food delivery service to expand their delivery to serve all eight wards.

"This is a great step towards equal service east of the river. It happened thanks to my neighbors in Ward 7 and 8, as well as Postmates customers across the city speaking up. I’m so glad that Postmates listened to us in expanding service to the whole District. Now that we know change is possible, we will keep growing this effort to convince DoorDash and Caviar do the same," said Watson.

For more information and to see the petition, click here.

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