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Covid-19: Zomato sets up funds for income-starved daily wage workers in India

For the current initiative, Zomato has partnered with various NGOs to make sure of responsible distribution of the meal kits bought by the funds while maintaining social distancing.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 11.53 AM IST
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Apart from the Feeding India initiative, Zomato is working on to build a fund for its delivery staff who have also lost their earnings.
Food delivery giant Zomato has announced a list of measures it is taking to help its partner restaurants, delivery staff, and other daily wage workers in India who are currently income-starved due to the lockdown in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

The firm has set up a fund to support families of the daily wage workers in India in the absence of employment opportunities. Known as ‘Feeding India’, the initiative has successfully received more than Rs 6 crore in funds.

For those interested to donate can do so through this site. The website gives detailed information of how the funds will be used. Zomato had acquired the not-for-profit, Feeding India, last years as part of its corporate social responsibility. Feeding India continues to remain a not-for-profit.

For the current initiative, Zomato has partnered with various NGOs to make sure of responsible distribution of the meal kits bought by the funds while maintaining social distancing. The firm, in the website, said that it will disclose the use of proceeds “in a financial transparency report sent to all contributors to the campaign.”

Apart from the Feeding India initiative, Zomato is working on to build a fund for its delivery staff who have also lost their earnings. Zomato co-founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal took to Twitter to announce a slew of measures taken by his firm to help its staff during the ongoing crisis.


Goyal’s tweet read, “We are also starting a fund to cover up the lost earnings for thousands of our delivery partners. We also hope that we get government support to help us with this. More on this soon.”

For its partner restaurants, the food delivery giant is extending its Zomato Gold membership for two months free of charge across India, UAE, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Lebanon, Turkey, New Zealand, Portugal and Qatar.

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