YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP donates New York delivery fleet as volunteered vehicles initiative expands

April 20, 2020

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP has extended its Volunteered Vehicles initiative, donating its New York region Premier Delivery Service fleet to non-profit God’s Love We Deliver, for its Emergency Shelf-Stable Meal Drive which took place from 17th -19th April 2020.

During the food drive, God’s Love We Deliver successfully delivered 140,000 meals, containing 14 days’ worth of non-perishable food, to vulnerable people living with severe illnesses across all five boroughs of New York, in Hudson County, and Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP donated its NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER fleets which were critical in helping the charity to deliver sustainable food packs to nearly 5,000 people living with severe and chronic illnesses.

Each year, God’s Love We Deliver cooks and delivers medically tailored meals across the New York City metropolitan area to nearly 9,000 clients who are too sick to cook or shop for themselves. During the COVID-19 crisis, God’s Love We Deliver is committed to its evergreen mission of improving the health and wellbeing of people living with serious illnesses by ensuring its client-base still has access to the food and nutrition they need. Initiatives such as the Emergency Shelf-Stable Meal Drive are crucial to the success of this mission.

The donation marks the third phase of YOOX-NET-A-PORTER GROUP’s Volunteered Vehicles initiative, which supports charities local to the GROUP’s Premier Delivery markets in their aim to deliver essential supplies to socially isolated communities. The activation in New York follows efforts already established in London, Milan and Hong Kong.

  • In London:
    • A partnership with local Age UK charities to offer delivery services of essential food and supplies to the elderly across seven London boroughs. These Age UK services prevent malnutrition and ensure upkeep of wellbeing for the elderly, relieving anxiety around reduced access to food and medicine while staying at home. 
    • Logistics support for the Emergency Designer Network (EDN), led by designers Holly Fulton, Phoebe English and Bethany Williams. The collective is galvanising UK manufacturers and designers to produce stocks of key PPE garments, with the support of Make It British and Fashion Roundtable. The Group’s Volunteered Vehicles are helping EDN to transport raw materials and finished products to hospitals for use on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. 
  • In Milan:
    • The new MR PORTER fleet of zero-emission electric vans, due to become operational for same-day deliveries later this year, has been donated to the Italian Red Cross’s “A time for kindness” programme. The Red Cross committee of Sesto San Giovanni is using the Group’s Volunteered Vehicles to deliver food and essential supplies to the elderly and other socially isolated local communities.
  • In Hong Kong:
    • Volunteered Vehicles are supporting local charity ImpactHK, to deliver food packages and  supplies to the homeless across various drop-off points in Wan Chai and throughout Hong Kong island. The charity provides a rehabilitative support programme, with the goal of helping homeless people in Hong Kong settle into employment and their own homes.

YOOX NET-A-PORTER’s Volunteered Vehicles commitment is part of a string of community initiatives from the Group. It follows a recent care package donation of 100 laptops for Italian school children, in response to the Italian Ministry of Education’s call for hardware, alongside the development of webinars for the Ministry’s digital education learning platform to assist the remote learning experience.