How to support your local community in a time of uncertainty
As we all take the necessary steps to prepare our homes and families for the current global crisis around COVID-19, it’s hard not to observe the long lines, empty shelves at grocery stores, and general sense of urgency. And while we all want to stay safe, now is also a time to think about how we can support our local communities and those that may not have the ability or means to prepare as abundantly as others. Besides practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of the virus, here are a few additional ways we can all do our part.
- Close to 30 million children use the National School Lunch Program each year and families rely on those resources. With many schools closed, this can leave families wondering how they are going to get their next meal. Find your local food bank to see what donations are needed or donate to meals on wheels to help those most at risk in America.
- The American Red Cross is asking for healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a donation appointment to help maintain a sufficient supply and avoid shortages. If you don’t feel comfortable visiting a donation center, you can check their website to understand other ways of contributing.
- Local businesses are hurting as foot traffic declines. A few small ways to help small businesses stay afloat through the crisis, for those with the means, can be buying a gift card, shopping online, and ordering delivery.
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