A Canadian food delivery service is giving a total of $15 million to support restaurants who are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SkipTheDishes is giving an additional estimated $10 million back to communities and restaurant partners, on top of their original $5 million donation at the start of the pandemic.
“Restaurants are the heart and soul of communities across Canada and the industry is facing unprecedented hardships. Though we know our support package doesn’t solve all of the challenges our restaurant partners are facing, we’re hoping it will help make an impact as we all work together to get through these exceptional times,” Kevin Edwards, CEO of SkipTheDishes said.
Initially, SkipTheDishes launched a 30-day support package for restaurants on its network which has “directed more than $5 million back to its partners across the country.”
On Thursday, the food delivery app extended the support package, which includes a rebate of 25% to help local and independent restaurant partners whose dining rooms remain closed.
This initiative will give over $10 million back to restaurants through direct rebates and marketing support.
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As an immediate response to COVID-19, SkipTheDishes also introduced the option for customers to support local restaurants by directly leaving them a tip, with 100% of contributions going directly to their restaurant of choice.
In just a few weeks, customers raised over $200,000 to help neighbourhood eateries stay in business.
Inspired by this response, SkipTheDishes is also launching a $1 million partnership with Food Banks Canada.
The partnership starts with an immediate $200,000 donation to match “our customers kindness” with additional contributions to be made throughout the year.