As much of the world began to emerge from the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, India experienced a deadly second wave of the virus that quickly overwhelmed its health care infrastructure and left countless families out of work, sick, and without critical medical care.
Since the start of the pandemic, India has been extremely hard hit, with nearly 30 million reported cases that have impacted one out of every 46 residents. Although Punchh is headquartered in San Mateo, two of our global offices are in India–one in Chennai and one in Jaipur. As the second wave hit, we collectively grieved with and for our Punchh family in India as they relayed the devastation that they, their friends, families, and neighbors continued to experience as a result of a pandemic that refused to release its grip.
One of our corporate values at Punchh is accountability–centering around the belief that we are responsible for taking action to help our customers, employees, and communities. As part of that commitment, the Punchh Foundation was formed in 2020 with the singular mission of “driving meaningful change in our industries and communities both locally and globally through sponsorship, fundraising, and volunteer efforts.”
Given our presence as a loyalty provider in the restaurant industry, the Punchh Foundation seeks to support restaurants and restaurant workers, along with organizations that fight hunger around the world. To that end, Punchh partnered with GiveIndia, the largest and most trusted giving platform in India. Through generous donations from Punchh customers and team members, along with a company match, the Punchh Foundation contributed over $90k to support two critical causes with GiveIndia:
Feed the Hungry
Millions of daily wage earners stranded without jobs due to the COVID lockdown find it nearly impossible to feed themselves and their families. Donations provide meals and nonperishable groceries to India’s most vulnerable residents.
Support for low-income families affected by COVID-19
Families struggling with the loss of an earning member of the family are given payments to cover 2-3 months’ worth of living expenses to prevent them from sliding into poverty and hunger.
Thank you to each of our customers, partners, and employees who chose to contribute to COVID relief in India through the Punchh Foundation. As a technology company, we believe that loyalty is at the heart of a better customer experience. But above that, we believe that loyalty to one another is at the heart of a better world. Thank you for your kindness.
If you’d like to learn more about the Punchh Foundation and the causes it supports, please visit our website.