Uber has waived delivery fees for customers ordering from D.C.-area black-owned restaurants, and it said those orders have more than doubled.
Uber began waiving the delivery fee May 30. It said, based on deliveries the weekends of May 30-31 and June 6-7, deliveries from black-owned restaurants rose 105%.
The top black-owned restaurants receiving Uber Eats delivery orders:
- Roaming Rooster;
- Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant;
- Habesha Market & Carry Out;
- Po Boy Jim;
- Milk and Honey.
“We are committed to using Uber Eats to promote black-owned restaurants while making it easier for customers to support them,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
The waived customer delivery fees from D.C.-area black-owned restaurants will run through the end of 2020.
The Uber Eats app now prompts customers to navigate a list of available black-owned restaurants near them.
Uber also said in the coming weeks it will offer free rides to black-owned small businesses that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
This week, Uber also announced a $1 million donation to the Equal Justice Initiative‘s Center for Policing Equity, a think tank focused on identifying and reducing the causes of racial disparities in law enforcement.