Audible donates $1M to launch food delivery program in Newark

Posted Apr 10, 2020

Newark-based Audible is donating $1 million to World Central Kitchen to help expand its efforts in the city and launch Newark Working Kitchens, which is designed to provide meals and help restaurants reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The audiobook company is starting a free, daily meal delivery service this week for Newark residents through the new initiative, Newark Working Kitchens, according to a news release.

Audible will provide 100,000 meals at $10 each, which will be paid directly to participating restaurants. The goal is to meet the increasing demands for food, while also activating local restaurants and preserving jobs.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, Marcus B&P, will serve as the initial production and food distribution site for World Central Kitchen.

“As food first responders, World Central Kitchen mobilizes with the urgency of now to get fresh meals to those who need them most,” said Nate Mook, the CEO of World Central Kitchen.

“This work and the speed at which we need to activate during this time of crisis would not be possible without incredible partners and local leaders who are bringing much needed aid to their communities as evidenced by the creation of Newark Working Kitchen and the work of Chef Marcus Samuelsson,” Mook said.

Audible is also starting a mentorship program with Newark Venture Partners and Invest Newark to provide restaurant owners and other small businesses free guidance on how to navigate 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,” said Don Katz, Audible’s founder and executive chairman.

“These direct investments will help sustain the flywheel of the food economy in Newark by supporting restaurants that our employees visit every day,” he said.

Audible moved its headquarters to Newark in 2007 and has become the city’s fastest-growing private employer.

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