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Food delivery service to help feed Acadiana’s less fortunate

Posted at 10:59 AM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 12:01:20-04

Waitr, the app that lets you order food from local restaurants and delivers it directly to you, is helping feed local families in need this Thanksgiving. Beginning October 15, anyone using Waitr can make a donation that will go toward buying meals for the less fortunate during the annual November holiday.

The food drive, called “Share Thanksgiving”, allows people to click on a “Donate a Meal” button after they order from Waitr, then choose a dollar amount ranging from $2 to $10. Donations can also be made online through the Waitr website … and Waitr and its participating restaurant partners will match a portion of the money received.

Using these donations, Waitr will deliver free hot meals prepared by local restaurants to hungry families during Thanksgiving week.

“We fed more than a thousand families last year during our first Share Thanksgiving program. This year, it’s our goal to double that number,” said Chris Meaux, CEO and Founder of Waitr. “If anyone knows a family in need who would appreciate a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, we invite you to visit and let us know. Help us make this Thanksgiving a memorable one for someone in your area.”

Meaux said the five-week donation drive will continue through November 15. The company will deliver the meals Thanksgiving week in the communities served by Waitr. Since its launch in 2015, Waitr has expanded to more than 230 cities across the South. It currently has more than 6,200 restaurant partners and well over a million users.

“Waitr has been extremely well-received in the communities we serve,” Meaux said. “It means the world to us that we’re able to give back and deliver hot Thanksgiving meals to those who can use a little help during the holiday.”

In addition to nominations, teams in each area work with local organizations to identify the families who need assistance.