During the pandemic, homebound Americans more than doubled their food delivery orders, largely through third-party apps like Seamless and UberEats. The convenience of these apps for customers masks the darker side of them for businesses and delivery drivers; businesses pay 15-30% of the order cost to the app and drivers may only earn $2 after expenses per delivery. In this fraught environment, some restaurants are fighting back. Owners and workers across the country, FROM Ohio to Nebraska to Washington, DC, are now pooling their resources to launch alternative delivery models in their own communities. Many have emerged as cooperatives, where the eateries pay `member`ship fees to fund operating costs and driver and dispatcher salaries. They in turn receive ownership responsibilities and a yearly share of profits.

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