Businesses are among the hardest hit during the pandemic. If you don’t want your favorite burger joint or pizza parlor to close, you can do something about it. Here are a few ways that you could help provide restaurant support for COVID-19 hit businesses.
Check Out Organizations
If you don’t know where to start, it’s a good idea to check out the organizations that are already doing what they can to help out. They usually have plans or resources in place to get things done. It wouldn’t hurt to research these groups and find out which ones you can partner with. Some already accept donations on behalf of restaurants. You’ll want to look into those efforts more.
Know What You Want to Do
Be clear about the kind and level of assistance that you want to extend and are capable of providing. Taking on too much will only lead to frustration and stress, two outcomes you’d rather avoid right now. Listing down what your goals are will also help. The more organized you are about providing support, the less problems and issues you’ll encounter along the way.
Donate to Emergency Funds
Check if your favorite local restaurants have opened emergency funds. If you can, donate cash to provide much-needed financial assistance to restaurant workers as well as delivery staff and others who work by the hour. Whatever form of support you can offer is welcome.
Order from the Restaurants
Put in orders to your local restaurants. Buying lunch or meals from them regularly will help keep money flowing into their cash registers and go a long way to make it possible for them to remain in business. You can also buy food from the restaurant and then donate those meals. That way, you can hit two birds with one stone: you’ve already helped your favorite local restaurant and by sending meals to communities that have been hit by the pandemic, you can help those with little or no resources at this time. You can also send the meals to hospitals and in your own little way, help front-liners who are at the forefront of keeping the virus back as it works its way through the population.
Buy Gift Cards
You can also show your support by buying a restaurant’s gift card. That doesn’t just give you something to look forward to, it also helps alleviate some of the expenses that many businesses still have to spend money on like taxes and rent. The money that comes from the gift cards they sell can help the restaurant a chance to survive.
Even if you aren’t dining in, don’t forget to leave a tip. Give the delivery staff a huge or generous tip. Now more than ever, that generosity is needed. By tipping well, you can help restaurants keep their people and run their business.
Order During Off-Peak Hours
Help restaurants keep their kitchen demands manageable. Place orders while the restaurant isn’t busy with the morning, lunch, or dinner crowds.