DoorDash launches $1 million disaster relief fund for restaurants

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The company plans to provide a $10,000 grant to eligible restaurants

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Restaurant delivery platform DoorDash has launched a restaurant disaster relief fund that will provide grants of up to $10,000 to American restaurants affected by natural disasters next year, the company said on Wednesday. The $1 million fund will be open to eligible restaurant owners starting November 1st and is a partnership with the small business support platform Hello Alice. The company said restaurants affected by Hurricane Ida in August and the ongoing California wildfires are eligible to apply.

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To qualify, the restaurant must be facing hardship due to a state or federally declared natural disaster; There is one brick-and-mortar location in the US with three or fewer locations; and have less than 50 employees per location. Restaurant revenue at each location must be $3 million or less for the past 12 months and be open for at least six months. Applications will be processed every three months.

DoorDash said restaurants can use the grant money for rent, utilities, maintenance, supplies, payroll and other essential expenses.

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The company also unveiled a new partner program that matches merchants on its platform with a dedicated contact point for support and banking reconciliation issues, and it introduced a new mobile app for iOS and Android, it says that will be available “in the coming months”. This will allow restaurants to track live orders and receive real-time data about sales and operations.

DoorDash’s latest announcement in support of the restaurant comes at a somewhat strange time. The company is involved in two lawsuits against New York City over laws attempting to regulate how delivery companies work with restaurants there.

Along with Grubhub and Uber Eats, DoorDash is suing NYC to limit the amount the platform can collect from restaurants in fees. one in complaint filed In US District Court on September 9, the companies argue that the fee caps are government overreach. They sought an injunction to block enforcement of the rule, which prohibits platforms from charging restaurants more than 23 percent per order, but they were Accused of adding vague fees Over and above their delivery fee, max.

And on September 15, DoorDash filed a lawsuit against New York City under its law requiring delivery companies to share customer data with the restaurants they work with, calling it “A shocking and offensive intrusion of consumer privacy.” Earlier this month, city ​​agrees to close Enforcing the data-sharing requirement while the lawsuit is pending.

in his second quarter earnings report, DoorDash reported that its gross order volume rose 70 percent year over year to $10.5 billion, but revenue rose 83 percent from the year-ago quarter to $1.2 billion.

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