Deliveroo announces its partnership with St. James' Settlement to join the Jockey Club Food Assistance Programme, funded and initiated by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, to support the local community by providing transitional and timely relief for those who have become unemployed or underemployed and facing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic leveraging its online food delivery platform. The new action from Deliveroo is the latest in a string of initiatives to offset the economic anxieties many in the city are facing as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Food Express Service is one of the four initiatives of the Jockey Club Food Assistance Programme. This service provides meals and delivery to support Hong Kongers who are affected by the novel coronavirus, in particular, for homebound persons or families that cannot cook at home. The recipients will receive a weekly allowance for eight consecutive weeks by the Trust, enabling them to order meals via the app from thousands of Deliveroo partner restaurants, for free.
Individuals eligible for assistance are those who have become unemployed or underemployed since 1 February 2020 and who are currently not receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme and other regular food assistance, with their average monthly household income for the three months prior to application between 56% and 75% of the median household income. Application details and eligibility criteria can be found in the programme webpage (https://jcfoodprog.hk/)