SkipTheDishes commits over $15-million to help Canadians during COVID-19 crisis

Press Release

SkipTheDishes, Canada’s largest and most popular food delivery service, is hungry to help Canadians through these challenging times brought on by COVID-19. The delivery service app is giving an additional estimated $10-million back to communities and restaurant partners through a variety of meaningful commitments.

At the start of the crisis, SkipTheDishes launched a 30-day support package for restaurants on its network that has since directed more than $5-million back to its partners across the country. SkipTheDishes is proud to announce that it will be extending this support package, which includes a rebate of 25 per cent 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.

“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,” says Kevin Edwards, CEO of SkipTheDishes.

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 per cent of contributions going directly to their restaurant of choice. In just a few short weeks, Skip customers have raised over $200,000 to help neighbourhood eateries stay in business.

“The immediate outpouring of support we’ve seen from our customers in their local communities has been truly inspiring. Food continues to be a strengthening bond for many through these difficult times, and at its core SkipTheDishes is about feeding Canadians,” said Edwards.

Inspired by this generosity, SkipTheDishes is launching a $1-million partnership with Food Banks Canada – the leading national food bank network working to relieve hunger during this critical time, and beyond. The partnership starts with an immediate $200,000 donation to match our customers kindness, with additional contributions to be made throughout the year.

“We’re beginning to see a surge in demand across Canada at local food banks as many more people have recently fallen on hard times. This partnership with SkipTheDishes will help us restock empty shelves at food banks across the country and ensure food banks have the support needed to feed those in critical need,” says Chris Hatch, Chief Executive Officer of Food Banks Canada.

Supporting Canadians and helping keep them nourished through this crisis is a priority for SkipTheDishes. With free delivery from thousands of restaurants and no added service fees, it’s committed to keeping food delivery accessible as Canadians stay home to help flatten the curve.