Shef, a homemade foods marketplace that allows cooks to sell meals in their local communities, has raised $8.8 million in seed funding from investors. Shef will use the funds to create opportunities for individuals who have lost their jobs or been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our priority right now is to ease hardship, both for those in need of food and for those in need of opportunity,” said founder Alvin Salehi, in a statement. “Our mission has always been to help immigrants and refugees make a meaningful income. We’ve now expanded that mission to include feeding frontline healthcare workers and putting laid-off restaurant cooks back to work.”
Shef’s service has skyrocketed in popularity since the start of the pandemic and has already served over 200,000 meals across the U.S. More than 4,000 applicants have now joined the waitlist to cook and sell food.