Uber is stepping up and showing that they support the Black Lives Matter movement through offering free Uber Eats deliveries for any order placed with a black-owned restaurant from now until the end of 2020.
"We are committed to supporting the Black community," CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. "As a starting point, we will use Uber Eats to promote Black-owned restaurants while making it easier for you to support them, with no delivery fees for the remainder of the year."
Now, when users open their Uber Eats app they will see a new banner announcing this promotion. Users simply have to click on the banner for a list of nearby black-owned restaurants that are included in the “free delivery promotion”.
While the no delivery fees will certainly entice Uber eats users to order from more black-owned restaurants, restaurant partners will still have to pay their usual commission fees to Uber. It is also currently unclear how a restaurant can ask to be added to the list.
Khosrowshahi called the new initiative “a starting point” and made a few other promises to help fight racial injustice such as donating $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative and Center for Policing Equity. Khosrowshahi also stated that Uber will be offering discounted rides to Black-owned small businesses who have been hit hard by COVID-19 to help them get back up on their feet. Finally, Uber is also promising to increase the company’s diversity numbers.
If you order from Uber Eats please comment below with your city, favorite black-owned restaurant, and favorite dish to give others some yummy ideas!