How you can HELP Local Businesses during these times...

So many businesses are struggling during these hardships yet that doesn’t mean we have to stop supporting local businesses. Really they need our help now more than ever.

Thankfully you can still support these local businesses and their families. Consider the following ways to make a difference — because incremental efforts can go a long way.

1. Buy gift cards

Not all restaurants or retailers are able to stay open for takeout right now. Fortunately you can show your support by purchasing gift cards online

2. Order takeout

Instead of raiding your pantry rations at every meal, order takeout or delivery. Many restaurants are still cooking up their favorite dishes during lunch and dinner hours, with food available for pickup or delivery. Not to fear for the beer lover, as many craft breweries and bottle shops are selling beers to go. (Corbys, West Valley Taphouse) to name a couple and last but not least, Oregon wineries are also offering curbside pickup. In addition to setting up drive-through pickups.

3. Eat local

Support farmers by buying produce directly from the source or a partner organization like a CSA or farmers market. Try the farm stand directory by the Oregon Farm Bureau.

4. Donate

If you want to give, consider donating directly to organizations when possible. Oregon Food Bank launched a #EmergeStronger Community Challenge in which donations will be matched by local philanthropists up to $1.1 million. The Oregon Community Foundation’s Oregon Community Recovery Fund is collecting donations for those at the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak. Meals on Wheels is looking for healthy volunteer drivers to deliver nutritious lunches to homebound seniors. The Independent Restaurant Coalition started a Save Our Restaurants advocacy campaign, while the James Beard Foundation is accepting donations.

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