Newark-based Audible is donating $1 million to create Newark Working Kitchens, a free daily meal delivery service that will provide 100,000 meals to Newark residents who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced Friday.
“Our goal is simple: to keep our hometown community fed — and our fellow Newark business owners working,” the company said in a blog post, where it made the announcement.
Audible will work in collaboration with José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, famed restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson and others on the program.
World Central Kitchen will provide logistical support and coordination with restaurants to prepare and deliver meals, track all meal distribution and track the impact on local restaurants in terms of job creation and revenue.
The Marcus Samuelsson Group is spearheading and piloting restaurant production using its Marcus B&P location as the initial production and distribution site. It distributed more than 2,000 meals already this week. The group will help identify and assist additional local restaurants in the effort. Each restaurant will be directly paid $10 for each meal produced.
Audible also said it is launching a mentorship program with Newark Venture Partners and Invest Newark to provide restaurant owners and other small businesses free guidance on how best to navigate available federal, state and local funding in response to COVID-19.
“We’re proud to work with World Central Kitchen and Marcus Samuelsson to make a difference together for our neighbors in a city hit harder than most by this crisis,” Don Katz, Audible’s founder and executive chairman, said in a release.