From The Verge: Uber Eats is adding an in-app donate button for customers who want to contribute some extra cash to their favorite restaurant to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Uber also plans to match every contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $3 million to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, with an additional $2 million donation also going to the fund. Uber says that 100 percent of customer donations will go directly to their restaurant of choice.
Previously, Uber said it would waive delivery fees for independent restaurants in an effort to boost businesses that are suffering while the pandemic disrupts daily life. Uber’s food delivery service is also working to deliver free meals to more than 300,000 health care workers as part of its effort.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is managed by the educational fund of the 100-year-old National Restaurant Association, a major lobbying group that represents over 500,000 restaurants. The restaurant industry employees and workers who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment, are eligible to apply for grants from the relief fund. Grant money will be awarded “as soon as possible” to those affected workers after they have been “reviewed and verified by the NRAEF,” according to the group.
Uber is piloting a couple of different contribution amounts to offer as choices to customers who want to donate, a spokesperson said. (Screenshots provided by the company feature a $2 option.)
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