Grubhub to Deliver Grants to Help Restaurants Get Through the Winter

By Thomas Price Sunday, November 22, 2020

Of the many industries that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is no surprise that restaurants are near the top of the list. With restrictions not allowing them to open for indoor dining in many places across the United States, restaurants have had to come up with various solutions to somehow supplement the lost income. While curbside pickup and delivery have been helpful money-making alternatives, many restaurants have relied heavily on outdoor dining as well. However, as the winter begins to set in, many different restaurants will need more help to survive. Grubhub is trying to be a source of help for these restaurants.

Grubhub and the Restaurant Strong Fund

Food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub has teamed up with The Greg Hill Foundation, and more specifically, the foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund to help small restaurants make it through the winter. They plan to do this by creating a new program called the Restaurant Winterization Grant. The basic premise of the Restaurant Winterization Grant is to provide funding to small and independent restaurants. These funds will help them if they need additional infrastructure to build and create a larger outdoor dining section, purchase more personal protective equipment for the employees who are putting themselves at risk, and spend on any of the necessities a restaurant might need to get through the winter during a pandemic. Funding will be dispersed in a series of $10,000 grants to all eligible restaurants who apply and are accepted.

To be eligible to apply, the restaurant must have five or fewer locations and be based in Chicago, New York, Boston, or Philadelphia. The application window to receive the grant will be from November 9 until November 21. Much of the funding for these grants will come in the form of a $2 million grant from the Grubhub Community Relief Fund, which the company created in March to support restaurants, drivers, and others in need who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While all of this could make a serious difference for the restaurants affected and could certainly save many businesses, this is only one of the many steps Grubhub has taken to help during the pandemic.

Grubhub’s Donate to Change

Outside of Grubhub’s work to directly support restaurants through grants, the company has also supported other organizations through their own foundation, Donate to Change. Through their foundation, Grubhub has raised over $13 million completely by giving diners the option to round up the total price at the end of a transaction to donate. For Grubhub+ members, the company will also match their rounded up donation.

Besides the Restaurant Strong Fund, Grubhub is supporting organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of America, MEANS Database, and Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. In some way or another, these charities provide much-needed support ensuing from the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, Grubhub’s goal is to not only address the current difficulties experienced by the restaurant industry in 2020, but to alleviate other issues restaurants and their employees will face in the future. The support could be anything from providing a place and education to the children of restaurant employees as far as purchasing meals from Black-owned businesses in order to feed food-insecure households.
Grubhub’s varied efforts are making legitimate waves within the industry, and their support cannot be understated. This is good news for the many places that will be relying on the $10,000 grant to scrape by through the winter until the COVID-19 pandemic has finally subsided to manageable levels.

Final Conclusions

Grubhub is making substantial efforts to support restaurants and communities in a variety of different and tangible forms. Their grant program for independent restaurants is another significant way that the company is trying to help out a currently suffering industry. Considering the risk many employees are taking on just to serve guests, ensuring that they have the funding for personal protective equipment is more important than ever before. As a result, Grubhub will certainly be regarded as a business working to help rather than exploit during the pandemic, and that will surely be remembered once the pandemic ends.

About the Author


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Tom Price is a writer focusing on Entertainment and Sports Features. He has a degree from NYU in English with a minor in Creative Writing. He has been previously published for Washington Square News, Dignitas, CBR, and Numbers on the Boards.

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