3rd December 2020 – (Hong Kong) Under the COVID-19 epidemic, the unemployed total in Hong Kong has surged to 250,000, and many grass-roots families are facing the dilemma in their day-to-day lives. The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced today (3rd) that it will add an online ordering service to the “Jockey Club Food Assistance Program” and provide meals through an online take-out platform to support people with mobility impairments or with no cooking space. It hopes to help the unemployed or underemployed people affected by the epidemic to tide over the difficulties. It is expected that the entire plan will benefit more than 70,000 people. The online food ordering service will be implemented by the Hong Kong Christian Service and St. James’ Settlement via 3 online food delivery platforms including Deliveroo, Foodpanda and Uber Eats. The beneficiaries will receive a subsidy sufficient to order free food on the online food delivery platform for 8 consecutive weeks.
As of the 29th of last month, the program has provided more than 585,000 meals.