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How to Support Local Businesses and Organizations Right Now

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on communities in the United States and globally.

There are thousands of confirmed cases throughout the U.S., and local businesses and organizations have been greatly impacted by self-isolation and quarantine tactics put in place to halt the spread of the virus. In the New York area, restaurants and bars have shifted to a pickup and delivery-only model, but are still faced with sharp declines in customers. Many local organizations have refocused their efforts on helping New Yorkers in need during this crisis, and have an increased need in resources as a result. It’s crucial for all of us to do our part by staying home and only venturing in public for essential reasons, but there are other ways to help your community while you self-isolate. Below, team SN looked into how we can support local businesses and organizations right now in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

FoodtoEat NYC's iFundWomen Campaign

Deepti Sharma's company FoodtoEat partners with immigrant, women, and minority-owned restaurants in New York and helps them book catering opportunities with large companies. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, FoodtoEat is now donating food from their restaurant partners to shelters and food banks in New York to serve the most vulnerable members of our community. Sharma started a fundraising page to benefit these individuals, along with the restaurants FoodtoEat partners with and the company itself. Learn more about the cause and donate here. 

City Harvest

City Harvest is dedicated to providing food to New Yorkers in need–the organization rescues 66 million pounds of food each year and delivers it to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other food resources across New York. During this time of crisis, City Harvest is increasing their fundraising goals and expanding their volunteer efforts to help even more New Yorkers: from now until April 17, City Harvest's Board of Directors is matching every $1 donated with $2 of their own up to $500,000 to amplify your impact. Learn more and donate here

 

Union Square Hospitality Group

Union Square Hospitality Group, the team that operates a few of our favorite NYC restaurants including Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, Untitled at the Whitney, Daily Provisions, and more, has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. After the group announced that several USHG employees had been laid off last week, they also created an employee relief fund to help the team members impacted by these layoffs. Right now, you can help by buying a USHG gift card, valid at any of the group’s restaurants, and 100% of the gift card revenue will go towards the employee relief fund. Buy a gift card here.

The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

The James Beard Foundation launched the Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic's impact on local restaurants and bars. The fund will provide emergency relief to local businesses in the food and beverage space, and independent restaurants can apply to receive the funds. Learn more about the impact of the fund and donate here.

God's Love We Deliver

God's Love We Deliver prepares and delivers over 1.9 million meals to individuals in need each year. Right now, the organization is preparing emergency kits of shelf stable  food for clients, providing them with food components that can last for one week. Additionally, they started a "Who Are You Cooking For?" campaign on Instagram, a virtual dinner party of sorts that encourages people to cook a meal, tag friends they'd like to share the meal with, and then donate what you would have spent on the meal to God's Love We Deliver. Learn more about their work and donate here. 

 

By Maggie Maloney

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