COVID-19 is currently impacting virtually every aspect of our lives, including the overall food service industry. Restaurants are either closed, or have the option for only takeout or delivery; grocery stores are overwhelmed with stock-piling consumers and are running out of certain food and items daily; and food service management companies can no longer provide service to facilities that are temporarily closing their doors.
While all of this is in a great effort to prevent the spread of a deadly disease, it is difficult for both the employees of food service industries that are impacted and for consumers to adjust to such drastic daily changes. Here are some tips in regards to food service for everyone to help one another during this pandemic.
1. Support Local Businesses
Obviously, it is best to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings currently. There are many local restaurants offering both curbside pickup and delivery service. This is great for those of us who have a favorite local restaurant and cannot curve the craving, or simply for those who want to support a place that may be losing a great deal of their business. Be safe and avoid as much contact as possible during these transactions, however!
2. Tip Your Food Workers
That being said, if you do decide to get delivery or pickup, tipping the workers is very appreciated! Showing that you acknowledge their efforts and working so hard during scary times by tipping and shows your appreciation.
3. Donate (if possible) to Food Service Workers and Others in Need
There are many great charities currently in action for food service workers who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. This may not only affect them, but their families as well. If you have the resources to do so, this is a great way to help out. If not, simply sharing on social media can help. Click here to access a great link to find some resources to donate.
This is a very scary and strange time, and hopefully we can all get through this together with compassion and caution. We at GKM hope everyone stays healthy and safe!