Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Google saw the highest number of searches for domestic violence help in five years as the pandemic took hold in March, increasing by 75 per cent.**
American Express Australia, Two Good and Deliveroo have partnered to support women impacted by domestic violence by donating 3,000 meals to women’s refuges in NSW. This new effort builds on 10,000 meals provided by American Express Australia in response to the pandemic.
Earlier this week, American Express expanded social enterprise Two Good’s ‘buy one, gift one’ model and encouraging its Card Members to get involved in the initiative and gift one of the 3,000 meals, American Express Card Members simply need to use their eligible American Express Card* to pay for any order on Deliveroo until 12 June and a wholesome Two Good meal will be delivered to a woman in need courtesy of American Express.
The organisations are joining forces in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which has exacerbated the issue of domestic violence. Many vulnerable women are experiencing further barriers to escaping unsafe situations, while organisations providing essential support services are facing additional financial challenges.
As well as providing fresh and nutritious meals for those at risk, Two Good support, train and employ people from shelters within their business providing financial stability, independence and a stepping stone to further long-term employment.
Founder of Two Good, Rob Caslick said, “The work we do goes beyond feeding people. Meals that are donated are prepared by women from the same safe houses they serve, providing them with pathways to employment. When you support Two Good, you’re not only providing a nutritious meal to someone in need, but paid employment to women who are on the verge of homelessness and an uncertain future.”
“We’ve been staying close to our community partners during this unprecedented time to determine how we could best support them, and those they serve.”adds Ryan Rayfield, General Counsel from American Express and Advisory Board Member of Two Good, “The work that Two Good does is invaluable to women experiencing domestic or family violence, but the increased pressure on those in unsafe situations and support services caused by the COVID-19 crisis has made their role in the community more important than ever. With the current surge in demand for food delivery services, we’ve made it as easy as possible for our Card Members to make a real difference to those in need, at no additional cost to themselves.”
It’s a natural partnership with Deliveroo too as Australia’s CEO, Ed McManus explains: “We’ve been working with Two Good since launching in Australia in late 2015: being purpose-driven is at the heart of what we do. This initiative was a no-brainer for us, aligning with our key commitments of zero hunger and good health and wellbeing.”
Domestic Violence New South Wales has expressed concern that people experiencing violence are facing more barriers in reaching out for support. This can include being isolated from work, school, friends, family and support networks; barriers to leaving a violent partner or family member due to loss of income; and increased difficulties in making an exit plan.
Customers are encouraged to get involved by purchasing from any restaurant on Deliveroo with their American Express Card and by joining the conversation by using the hashtag #bettertwogether.
Until 31 July eligible American Express Card Members*** can also earn bonus Membership Rewards Points, Altitude Rewards, Velocity Points or Qantas Frequent Flyer points for every $1 spent with Deliveroo. Card Members should log into their account via their desktop or the Amex App and save the latest Food Delivery Services Offer to their account.
Video Credit: Rob Caslick, American Express Australia,
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