Uber Eats will deliver from local restaurants for free

The effort is to ensure local businesses stay afloat

Uber Eats wants to support restaurants across the country impacted by the new rules and regulations set forth due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of businesses have been asked to stop serving dine-in service in states including New York, California and Kentucky. To ease some of the economic impact for those businesses, Uber Eats announced it would help its thousands of partners by alleviating delivery fees and potentially encouraging more customers to patronize their local restaurants and eateries.

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“As we face the uncertainty of this health crisis together with our restaurant partners, we are thinking about how best to support independent restaurants in the U.S. & Canada that have been most significantly affected,” reads a statement on the company’s website. “We know the success of every restaurant depends on customer demand. That’s why we’re working urgently to drive orders towards independent restaurants on Eats, to help make up for the significant slowdown of in-restaurant dining.”

The waiving of the delivery fee will apply to 100,000 independent restaurants across the U.S. and Canada on Uber Eats. The food delivery giant is also offering promotion within its app and website to drive traffic to local restaurants.

Just as it seeks to help the industry it is a part of, Uber Eats also wants to support those in the industry most affected by the coronavirus: health care workers. In these hectic times, Uber Eats has chosen to do that with the gift of free food for first responders and health care workers serving communities in the United States and Canada.

The food delivery company will offer 300,000 free meals on Uber Eats, according to the news release. Uber Eats will deliver those meals in coordination with local, state and provincial governments. Those officials and organizations connected to crisis teams can reach out to Uber by emailing social-impact-support@uber.com.