American Express Company

06/02/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/02/2020 01:20

American Express to donate 3,000 meals to women’s shelters through Two Good Co and Deliveroo partnership as COVID-19 spurs domestic violence risks

American Express, Two Good and Deliveroo have partnered to support women impacted by domestic violence by donating 3,000 meals to women's refuges in NSW.

Starting 28 May, American Express is expanding social enterprise Two Good's 'buy one, gift one' model and encouraging its Card Members to get involved in the initiative. To gift one of the 3,000 meals, American Express Card Members simply need to use their eligible American Express Card* to pay for any order on Deliveroo until 12 June and a wholesome Two Good meal will be delivered to a woman in need courtesy of American Express.

The organisations are joining forces in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which has exacerbated the issue of domestic violence. Many vulnerable women are experiencing further barriers to escaping unsafe situations, while organisations providing essential support services are facing additional financial challenges.

As well as providing fresh and nutritious meals for those at risk, Two Good support, train and employ people from shelters within their business providing financial stability, independence and a stepping stone to further long-term employment.

Ryan Rayfield, General Counsel from American Express and Advisory Board Member of Two Good, said, 'We've been staying close to our community partners during this unprecedented time to determine how we could best support them, and those they serve.

'The work that Two Good does is invaluable to women experiencing domestic or family violence, but the increased pressure on those in unsafe situations and support services caused by the COVID-19 crisis has made their role in the community more important than ever.

'With the current surge in demand for food delivery services, we've made it as easy as possible for our Card Members to make a real difference to those in need, at no additional cost to themselves.'

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Google saw the highest number of searches for domestic violence help in five years as the pandemic took hold in March, increasing by 75 per cent.**

Domestic Violence New South Wales has expressed concern that people experiencing violence are facing more barriers in reaching out for support. This can include being isolated from work, school, friends, family and support networks; barriers to leaving a violent partner or family member due to loss of income; and increased difficulties in making an exit plan.

Founder of Two Good, Rob Caslick said, 'The work we do goes beyond feeding people. Meals that are donated are prepared by women from the same safe houses they serve, providing them with pathways to employment. When you support Two Good, you're not only providing a nutritious meal to someone in need, but paid employment to women who are on the verge of homelessness and an uncertain future.'

Deliveroo Australia's CEO, Ed McManus said, 'We've been working with Two Good since launching in Australia in late 2015: being purpose-driven is at the heart of what we do. This initiative was a nobrainer for us, aligning with our key commitments of zero hunger and good health and wellbeing.'

Customers are encouraged to get involved by purchasing from any restaurant on Deliveroo with their American Express Card and by joining the conversation by using the hashtag #bettertwogether.

Until 31 July eligible American Express Card Members*** can also earn bonus Membership Rewards Points, Altitude Rewards, Velocity Points or Qantas Frequent Flyer points for every $1 spent with Deliveroo. Card Members should log into their account via their desktop or the Amex App and save the latest Food Delivery Services Offer to their account.

NOTES TO EDITORS:
*American Express consumer and small business cards only. Place an order at Deliveroo, pay with an eligible American Express Card and for each order American Express will donate a Two Good Co meal to a women's domestic violence shelter. Offer valid from 28 May 2020 to 12 June 2020 or until 3,000 meals are donated. The following Cards are not eligible: Prepaid Cards, Gift Cards, Business Cards that are affiliated with a wholesale partner, American Express Business Travel Accounts, Government Cards and David Jones Storecards.

**Media release: $1.1 billion to support more mental health, Medicare and domestic violence services, 30 March 2020

*** Limited to the first 300,000 Cards to save the offer for Cards enrolled in Membership Rewards. Limited to the first 150,000 Cards to save the offer for Cards enrolled in Altitude Rewards. American Express consumer cards only. Terms & Conditions apply.

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ABOUT TWO GOOD CO:

Two Good is a buy one, give one social enterprise on a mission to demonstrate love and worth to every refuge across the Australia. Two Good Co is a social enterprise that uses good food and good things to share love and respect with vulnerable people who have lived experience of domestic violence and homelessness. They support, train and employ people from shelters, within their Two Good Co business, to provide a pathway out of living in crisis. www.twogood.com.au

ABOUT DELIVEROO:

Deliveroo partners with 8,000 riders nationally who on average choose to work 15 hours a week, while they fit work around study, hobbies, caring responsibilities or other jobs. Rider numbers have grown by 50 per cent over the past year, demonstrating the growth in new ways of working in the on-demand economy. Deliveroo is an award-winning delivery service founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski. Globally, Deliveroo works with over 80,000 best-loved restaurants, as well as 50,000 riders to provide the best food delivery experience in the world. Deliveroo is headquartered in London, with 2,500 employees in offices around the globe. Deliveroo operates in over 500 towns and cities across 12 markets, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Deliveroo operates in 13 cities across Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Geelong, Wollongong, Hobart, Newcastle, Cairns and Penrith.