08/10/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/10/2020 16:20
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Grubhub CEO letter to congressional leaders in support of The RESTAURANTS Act of 2020
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Republican Leader, House of Representatives
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader, US Senate
The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Minority Leader, US Senate
Dear Congressional Leaders:
Grubhub is the leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest network of restaurant partners in the United States, as well as more than 27 million active diners. With over 225,000 restaurant partnerships in more than 4,000 cities, we are proud of our ability to help drive local revenue by connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants.
These are uncertain times, and while we can't predict what tomorrow will bring, we recognize our responsibility to do all we can to help keep restaurant doors open. Our business is based on restaurants like the local coffee shop, the burrito joint, the sandwich place, or that great wing spot thriving. And over the last six months, we've also seen restaurant owners and delivery drivers fill an essential need in their communities. As a result,we've made it our mission to support restaurants and spent $100 million in the second quarter alone to support restaurants, drivers and the communities they live in.
However, the plight of restaurants is of such a magnitude that it requires federal intervention. Now is the time to show these struggling restaurants support by passing the bi-partisan RESTAURANTS Act of 2020. Grubhub stands ever-appreciative of the leadership of Representative Blumenauer and Senator Wicker for introducing this important legislation in both the House and Senate and strongly urges all members of Congress and the Senate to sponsor and pass this critical proposal.
According to the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC), the food service industry directly employs over 11 million people across the country, and indirectly supports 5 million more workers up and down the supply chain. Now, up to 85% of independent restaurants face the grim reality that they may have to close their doors permanently. This important legislation provides for a $120 billion Revitalization Fund that will immediately infuse desperately needed capital into local economies and will help small independent restaurants and the broader restaurant community rebuild after months of closure and what will be months of reduced revenue as a result of social distancing. The Revitalization Fund would generate $248 billion in net economic benefit, and save the jobs of millions of workers in the service industry. It is estimated that one in four jobs lost during the pandemic was from the food and beverage industry, disproportionately impacting people of color and single mothers.
Grubhub again encourages all members of Congress to support The RESTAURANTS Act, and looks forward to working together to protect our restaurants and re-open our country.
Thank you for your continued leadership.
Founder and CEO