Supporting Local Amidst Covid-19

March 24, 2020
| Created by Genevieve Daly, RDN, CD

With coronavirus at the forefront of our minds, many of us are struggling with our current state of health. Our physical, mental, social, and financial health are all being impacted by the social distancing practices we’ve incorporated into our daily lives, as well as the mandatory closing of some of our favorite local businesses. Here are a few tips on how to support your community during this time:

Buy gift cards and certificates from local businesses. Whether that’s a favorite local retailer, gym, theater, salon, restaurant or bar, the additional income generated from gift cards can give them the monetary boost they need during this difficult time.

Buy local products at the grocery and liquor stores. Invest your money back into our local economy by purchasing local products. Some companies, like Ogden’s Own Distillery, are even donating proceeds to support community members who are temporarily out of work.

Leave a positive review or share their posts on social media. Are you finding your budget is also tight during these times? Turn to digital platforms to show your support! Companies greatly benefit from positive reviews left on social media and crowd-sourced review forums.

Order takeout at local restaurants. This helps those businesses rotate through their food stores, keeps a source of income flowing, and gives the restaurant staff a steadier paycheck. If you have the means to do so, tipping restaurant staff extra will support them during this tough time. Click here to view the list of restaurants offering takeout in your area.

Donate to or volunteer at local food pantries. Local food pantries are in high demand due to the sudden influx of Utahns who have lost their job or seen reduced hours at work. Several food pantries have simultaneously seen a decrease in volunteers due to self-quarantining practices. If you have the means, consider donating food or time to your local food pantry.