The world is in a state of panic. There is a fatal virus sweeping across the globe, and it seems this is just the horrible beginning of a deadly pandemic. With such turmoil everywhere, one might think that an “every man for himself” mentality might take over the large majority. However, it seems like communities are coming together to feed and aid one another, while simultaneously social distancing. Stories of neighborhoods applauding doctors, communities singing from their porches, and other beautiful instances of humanity have made watching the news a little less tragic. What are some communities in the United States doing to help each other survive this scary time and what can you do?
According to a Fox 40 article, hours before Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that all restaurants would be closed to dine-in customers, one generous customer left a $2,500 tip on a $29.75 bill at a Coaches Bar & Grill. The check specified that the tip was to be split evenly between five staff members. The same article shared another instance where a couple left a $9,400 tip on a $90.12 bill at a restaurant in Houston named Irma’s Southwest; the tip was split over 30 employees.
“They were amazed that a client would care enough about them to leave that amount to help them get through this tough time,” said Louis Galvan, the owner of the Houston restaurant. So, if you see an opportunity to tip or donate even a little bit of cash, it would be greatly appreciated by any struggling businesses.
Just as customers have been aiding restaurants, food trucks are giving back to communities across the nation. A News 4 Article explains how Nashville food truck owners Andre Bell and Derek Fulton have taken a major hit due to the pandemic. They decided to bring their trucks to neighborhoods, where folks are hunkered down in self isolation.
“We’re trying to work with food delivery services, that way we can get food to people staying at home, trying to get the food to you by any means possible,” said Bell.
Landon Lyon, president of the Nashville Food Truck Association, said that people are happy to see the trucks in their neighborhood.
“First thing people say, thank you so much for coming out to our neighborhood. Saves them from having to get out of their homes,” said Lyon to News 4’s Alan Frio.
In addition to hefty tips and food truck service, there has been a large increase of donations to food banks. In Iowa, the Prairie Meadows Casino & Racetrack donated 2,775 pounds to Des Moines Area Religious Council(DMARC) according to an article by Channel 13 News. The article also shared that not only are donations increasing, but so is the use of food banks and pantries.
“As of Tuesday’s numbers, I guess we’ve seen a 33 percent increase in food pantry use since March of last year at the same time,” said Luke Elzinga, DMARC Communications Manager. If you could donate any food to local food pantries, you could be providing dinner for someone in need. Anything helps whether its one can of beans or 3,000 pounds of food.
Other than donating and helping your community, just remember to take care of yourself. Stay away from large gatherings, but don’t forget to go outside every now and then. Watch some Netflix. Spend time with your family. Keep your head high and stay safe.