Waitr is making sure local families in need don’t go without a Thanksgiving meal this week. The food delivery app began delivering free meals this week to people who need them the most, as part of its Share Thanksgiving program.
For the past five weeks, Waitr has set aside a portion of all its orders to help fund the initiative.
“Every day, Waitr provides thousands of meals to its customers, but these Share Thanksgiving deliveries are truly special deliveries in every sense of the word,” said Whitney Savoie, Waitr’s Market Development Director. “It’s just a really nice way to give back to the community that honestly does so much for us.”
News 15 rode along with Waitr CEO Adam Price and Tommy Angelle a Marketing Operating Associate as they delivered some Jambalaya to a family of four in Lafayette.
This is so special to be a part of,” said Angelle.
“Not everyone has a lucky Thanksgiving table, so we want to make sure that we add a little extra something to make sure their Thanksgiving is as blessed as we would hope it to be.”
Waitr took nominations from each community and worked with local organizations in the cities they serve to identify families who need assistance.
Shawnique Galliea and her three kids were one of four thousand families chosen to receive a free meal.
“I am very thankful and happy,” said Galliea. “Very important to a family in need that is very important. I didn’t even know what I was going to do for Thanksgiving.”
Waitr partnered with its local restaurants across the cities it serves for the deliveries.
Savoie says the program wouldn’t be possible without these restaurants. “Like us, they understand many people struggle to put food on the table – and they want to do their part to work alongside us. Seeing our combined efforts come to fruition is very gratifying.”
By the end of this week thousands of meals will be delivered nationwide.