Foodie Card, a membership service that offers dining discounts to customers while giving back to local restaurants and families in need, just launched a delivery program to sweeten the deal.
Members can now place delivery orders through Foodie Card’s Delivered program from about 60 restaurants across Long Island and get the same 10 percent discount they would when dining out.
“A lot of [restaurant owners] were complaining to us about how expensive DoorDash and Uber Eats was, so it’s hard for them to make a profit on [delivery],” said Jared Katz, CEO of Foodie Card. “And we sought out to find a better way.”
Unlike popular food delivery apps such as DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats, which charge restaurants up to 33 percent per order, Foodie Card only charges restaurants five percent per order, which covers half of the customer’s 10 percent discount. Foodie Card pays the other five percent. Foodie Card also donates three meals to local families through Island Harvest for each membership and membership renewal purchased. So far, the company has donated 25,000 meals.
A membership costs $29.99 per year and includes both Foodie Card’s original dining discounts, which are available at hundreds of Long Island restaurants, and its new Delivered service. Plus, Foodie Card just added a points program in which members earn one point per dollar saved. Points add up and can be redeemed for gift cards to stores such as Target.
“Our members make their money back in less than three months,” Katz said. “We’re really looking to create the Amazon Prime of hospitality.”
As part of the Delivered program, Foodie Card launched an app where users can order their food. Members must first pay for a membership online and then sign into the app on their Apple or Android device.
Foodie Card is available throughout the tri-state area, including New York City, but currently has its largest presence with the most participating restaurants on Long Island. Some restaurants on the Delivered program include Sweet Karma Desserts in Plainview, Whiskey Down Diner in Farmingdale, Il Pozzo in Lynbrook, Bagel Boss in Hewlett, Matteos in Huntington and Roslyn Heights, and Mother Kelly’s in Syosset.
“At our core is helping support local restaurants, helping support people in need,” Katz said, “and offering a membership that provides value to foodies that are looking for places to dine that’s not going to break their wallets.”
For more information, visit foodiecard.com.
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