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Grubhub launches fund to help drivers and independent restaurants

If you round up the change on your Grubhub order, you'll be helping drivers affected by the pandemic

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As coronavirus spreads across the US, many people are fortunate enough to be able to work from home. Others, like the food delivery drivers we increasingly depend on, don’t have that option.

Grubhub has stepped in to help. The mayors of Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Boston have teamed up with Grubhub to launch an economic relief effort of up to $100 million for independent restaurants and delivery partners who have been affected by coronavirus.

What that means in practice is that Grubhub will be temporarily suspending collection of up to $100 million in commission payments from indie restaurants across the country.

Grubhub - an online food ordering and delivery service - works with over 350,000 restaurants. Most are those are independent restaurants. And as we’ve been seeing over the past couple of weeks, as people socially distance themselves, restaurant takings are being hard hit.

So this new economic relief program will provide immediate and substance cash flow relief to restaurants that qualify.

Matt Maloney, Grubhub Founder and CEO said: "Independent restaurants are the lifeblood of our cities and feed our communities. They have been amazing long-term partners for us, and we wanted to help them in their time of need. Our business is their business -- so this was an easy decision for us to make."

Grubhub has also announced a charitable fund that will see proceeds from its ‘Donate the Change’ program go towards charitable organizations that support restaurants and drivers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will allow diners to round up the change from every order and donate it to the Grubhub Community Relief Fund -- with donations from Grubhub+ (and Seamless+) members matched by the company. Grubhub has been raising more than $1 million dollars per month through Donate the Change.

"The City of Chicago is deeply concerned about the risk COVID-19 is placing on the health of our residents and communities, as well as the impact it's having on our working families and neighborhood economies and restaurants," said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. "That is why we applaud corporate leaders like Grubhub who are stepping up with practical measures to support small businesses and their employees. Now more than ever, we must work together to ensure hardworking Chicagoans receive the support they need to thrive while also staying safe, secure, and healthy."

"We have seen revenue decrease in the past week as a direct result of our customers staying home," said Darnell Johnson, owner of Chicago's Home of Chicken & Waffles. "Grubhub has helped us generate more delivery and takeout orders as our customers' dining habits have changed. This has helped us continue serving our loyal customers and our employees can continue living a sustainable lifestyle."

"Banding together during hard times, putting people over profit, and supporting our local businesses is a model we should all follow, and I thank Grubhub for leading the way," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"Restaurants are a pillar of the San Francisco small business economy and so important to the culture of this city," said Joaquin Torres, Director of San Francisco's Office of Economic and Workforce Development. "We are committed to doing everything in our power to support them in this time of crisis, but if we want to come through this public health emergency intact, we'll need more private sector partners to follow Grubhub's lead, do the right thing and invest locally to mitigate this crisis."

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