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Skip The Dishes credits local eatery in national campaign

Last Updated May 15, 2020 at 6:07 pm MDT

Users of the national food delivery network, Skip The Dishes helped to raise $500,000 in support of local restaurants across Canada.

Started on March 23, the donation will provide funds for eateries impacted by COVID-19.

Fort McMurray’s East Village Pub and Eatery is one of the top five restaurants in Canada to receive contributions from their customers.

Skip The Dishes CEO Kevin Edwards said the outpouring of support inspired the company, including company spokesperson and wannabe Canadian, Jon Hamm.

“It’s incredible to see communities from coast-to-coast stepping up to support their local restaurants, even through these difficult times.”

Hamm also thanked Canadians for their support and their patience with physical distancing in a special video tribute on YouTube.

“On behalf of myself, Skip The Dishes, and restaurants across Canada we cannot thank you enough, so please keep up the great work supporting your local restaurants and remember to stay safe, stay full, and stay hungry to help.”

The COVID-19 pandemic forced restaurants across the country to shutter or shift to delivery, takeout, or drive-thru options.

As restaurants altered their approach, the food delivery network implemented measures like contactless delivery.

This would enhance the health and safety of restauranteurs, delivery agents, and clients.

Skip The Dishes provided over $15-million in funds for their Canadian restaurant partners in rebates and marketing plans.

On March 16, the company started a 30-day support plan providing $5-million to restaurant partners through a 15 per cent commission rebate.

It eventually increased the rate by reducing fees and initiatives by 25 per cent.

This gave eateries another $10-million in savings.

Skip The Dishes also announced a partnership with Food Banks Canada, committing $1-million to Canada’s needy individuals and families.

A full list of initiatives from Skip The Dishes to support charitable causes is available on its website.

The company delivers meals from restaurants across Canada with no added service fees.