Amid a nationwide lockdown in India, food delivery giant Zomato has announced a slew of measures to support its partner restaurants and delivery boys. The company has set up a fund to help daily wage workers in the country. Known as 'Feed the Daily Wager', the new initiative of Zomato has received ₹6.5 crore in the last 24 hours, Zomato co-founder Deepinder Goyal said. The fund has so far collected more that ₹10 crore.
The popular food delivery company partnered with multiple NGOs across the country to ensure distribution of food packets amid coronavirus outbreak. Each meal kit will contain a a combination of wheat flour, rice and two types of pulses that can be used to cook meals for the family for a week. This is a 100% not-for-profit campaign, Zomato said.
Apart from this, the company also took several initiatives for its staff and customers. All paid Zomato Gold memberships across India, UAE, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Lebanon, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal and Qatar will get a two month membership extension at zero cost, said Goyal.
As the restaurants are severely affected during the coronavirus outbreak, Zomato will be facilitating working-capital loans for its Zomato Gold restaurant partners. "We can only help facilitate loans to Gold partner restaurants since the transactions flow through us, and it is easier and cheaper for our fin-tech partners to underwrite it," Goyal posted.
For delivery partners, Zomato has started a fund to cover the lost earnings during the lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of Zomato employees have taken deep voluntary salary cuts to maintain the company’s cash flow amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Zomato CEO said. Employees are donating for delivery partner fund, as well as Feed the Daily Wager campaign to support the community during the COVID-19 crisis.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 700-mark today. The death toll due to COVID-19 infected has climbed to 17. India is under a three-week lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.