Restaurants are the lifeblood of our communities, and the restrictions on indoor dining as a result of COVID-19 has been devastating. In March, we established the Grubhub Community Relief Fund (GCRF) to help, and has since raised $14 million for organizations that support restaurants and drivers who are facing unprecedented challenges. While the work with the GCRF continues, we’ve partnered with Marcus Lemonis (The Profit) and World Central Kitchen to spread some extra cheer and provide additional support to our neighbors this holiday season.
In October, Lemonis sent out an appeal on Twitter to help restaurants and struggling communities, and when Grubhub was the first to reply, the Plating Change program was born. Lemonis’ Lemon-Aid Foundation jumpstarted the program with a $500,000 donation to World Central Kitchen and Grubhub has donated an additional $100,000 through the Sound Bites concert series. The funds generated by Plating Change enable World Central Kitchen to purchase thousands of meals from hundreds of struggling restaurants on Grubhub that they then distribute to local communities in need. The contributions help the restaurants keep their staff employed and also help food-insecure families put dinner on the table.
And when you donate the change on your Grubhub orders, your change can help fuel a movement.
How You Can Help
You, too, can make a difference, just by donating your change on your Grubhub order. For the month of December, all change donated via Donate the Change will go toward World Central Kitchen to fund this program into 2021. When thousands of customers donate 10, 20, 30 cents, World Central Kitchen is able to purchase thousands of meals from struggling restaurants and distribute those meals to community members in need. And if you’re a Grubhub+ member, your donation is matched on every order. To date, the Grubhub community has donated over $1 million. That means, across 6 cities, hundreds of restaurants have been able to provide tens of thousands of meals to those who need them most.
Hear From the Restaurants
From Las Flautas in Los Angeles: “This has been amazing for myself as well as my staff. Being able to help 100 individuals enjoy a warm meal has been very rewarding. Not only were we able to help by providing a warm meal, but in return, Grubhub and World Central Kitchen helped us keep our doors open and keep our staff on board at least through Christmas. With all the shutdowns, our business has been hit very hard. We are very thankful for this opportunity, and hope to continue working for this great charity.”
From RO in Los Angeles: “Because of Grubhub and Plating Change, we able to keep a couple of our employees on a bit longer.”
From 3 Times in New York City: “Thanks us for helping us keep 34 women employed a bit longer! Our head chef is overjoyed at the additional orders we’ve received.”
From Corey’s NYC Bagel Deli in Chicago: “The Plating Change program with World Central Kitchen, Grubhub, and Marcus Lemonis has been a saving grace at this time for Corey’s Bagels here in Chicago. We are so proud to be part of this beautiful holiday blessing that is being put together by such wonderful organizations. Given the fact that our business is considerably down due to the pandemic, this has been a nice welcomed addition to our month of December. Again we are so proud to help and we wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season.”