Sunday, April 5, 2020

Uber Eats supporting restaurants through in-app donations

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.
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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.
New York City restaurants that work with Uber Eats received communication from the company on Monday about the new donation effort. Restaurants in Uber’s other markets will be informed of the donation feature in the weeks to come. Uber is not explicitly seeking consent from restaurants before setting up the donate button, but the company says that restaurants can easily opt out if they choose.
Yelp, along with GoFundMe, recently came under fire from restaurant and bar owners for automatically opting tens of thousands of small businesses into fundraisers Unlike Uber, Yelp set up the fundraisers without informing any of the participants.

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