“Mark and Priscilla provided eight restaurants in the Bay Area with $100,000 each to help keep them operating during the crisis and to produce large batch for orders for health care workers and first responders,” a spokesperson told Business Insider. “As the world faces the unprecedented health care and economic crisis due to COVID-19, Mark and Priscilla have made a number of targeted donations in areas where they could make a meaningful impact.”
Facebook also donated millions of dollars in response to COVID-19, the spokesperson added. These include $100 million for small businesses, $100 million for the news industry, $20 million for the World Health Organization and the CDC Foundation (which operates independently from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and millions more in ad credit for health organizations and ministries of health.
Seiko Alba, who owns Dohatsuten, could not believe the donation when Zuckerberg informed her about it in late March. She is using the funds to keep her restaurant open for takeout.
“They made me cry,” Alba told Palo Alto Online about her staff, who were ready to lose their jobs. “Thanks to Mark and Priscilla, we can keep going.”
Dohatsuten and Sushi Sam’s Edomata have also donated food to local hospitals and shelters. Chef Chu’s has provided more than 1,000 meals to healthcare workers.
“We haven’t said ‘no’ to anyone who’s come to us [for meals],” General Manager Larry Chu told Palo Alto Online, acknowledging Chan and Zuckerberg’s donation. “To be able to do something to keep us working and feeling like we’re doing something good is very positive for the owners and everyone.”
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