June 24, 2021
After 5 years serving the Windy City, we recently completed our 2 millionth local delivery! To celebrate this milestone, Gopuff partnered with local football and basketball stars Justin Fields, Teven Jenkins, Larry Borom, Khalil Herbert, Dazz Newsome, Thomas Graham Jr., Khyiris Tonga and Candace Parker to make some magic happen throughout the city.
We partnered up with Chicago’s newest football stars to donate $1 for every Chicago order placed in June (up to $100K) to the Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation. When we first brought the idea to Justin Fields, he instantly knew he wanted to get involved, help contribute to the Children First Fund and to include his fellow rookies. So, on Friday, June 18, Gopuff, Justin Fields, Teven Jenkins, Larry Borom, Khalil Herbert, Dazz Newsome, Thomas Graham Jr., and Khyiris Tonga presented a check to Children First Fund and surprised student athletes at Foreman High School in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. The players and students spent about an hour mingling, signing merchandise and tossing around the football.
“We had a fantastic day in Chicago meeting students of Foreman High School. I’m proud to be able to give back to this great city I now call home alongside my new teammates and Gopuff, a brand I’ve known and relied on for years,” said Justin Fields. “It’s been amazing getting to know so many Chicagoans and we couldn’t be more excited for the year and season ahead.”
“This is like one of the best feelings I ever experienced in my life,” said Foreman student Omarion James. “Justin Fields is my role model. A lot of people you don’t see giving back, so for him to be giving back – that’s wonderful.” Hear more from James and about the event here.
Once they wrapped up on the Foreman High School field, Justin Fields, Teven Jenkins, Larry Borom, Khalil Herbert, Dazz Newsome, Thomas Graham Jr., and Khyiris Tonga continued the fun by surprising the Gopuff customer who submitted the 2 millionth order in Chicago! The new teammates delivered the customer’s order, along with some fun – and exciting! – surprises: $2,000 in Gopuff credit, 4 game tickets, and 1 autographed jersey signed by all the rookies!
“This is one of the more awesome experiences of my life, “ said Chicago’s 2 millionth customer Adam Lindgren.
To spread the love even further, Gopuff teamed up with Candace Parker to donate $25,000 to La Rabida Children’s Hospital. Candace and Gopuff visited the hospital, and presented a check to two of the hospital’s biggest basketball fans and patients – Layla and Jamaal – who spent time perfecting their free throws and dribbles with the WNBA powerhouse and a few mega-Chicago Sky fan nurses.
Thank you to everyone who made Gopuff’s 2 millionth delivery in Chicago so special. A big thank you to Justin Fields who took the initiative to give back to the Children First Fund and brought his teammates Teven Jenkins, Larry Borom, Khalil Herbert, Dazz Newsome, Thomas Graham Jr., and Khyiris Tonga together to surprise local students and Gopuff customers and spread some fun this past weekend. And thank you to Candace Parker who helped us bring the magic all across the city! Thank you to our local partners for believing in us and for helping us deliver local love every day. And an even bigger thank you to our customers: we couldn’t have done it without you – you are the real magic!