Inspiring Stories

The COVID-19 crisis is creating tough situations for many. We've collected some uplifting stories of organizations and restaurants going the extra mile to make other's lives easier.

Restaurants Are Turning Their Parking Lots into Drive-In Movie Theaters

As the pandemic goes on, and more businesses close, several restaurants are welcoming customers back with safe, socially-distanced, drive-in movies.

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Frontline Foods

Our army of volunteers raises funds from the community to support local restaurants and feed heroes working on the frontlines.

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The Kitchn

One Grocery Store Has a Very Smart, Very Practical Way of Getting Essentials to Shoppers

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Yahoo! Finance

Coronavirus comfort: Philly restaurant ships 12,000 cheesesteaks in one week

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Penguin Random House to publish "Family Meal"

On May 5, Penguin Random House will publish Family Meal, a digital-only collection featuring more than 40 recipes from our roster of chefs and home cooks. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Restaurant Workers Coalition Fund

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Food & Wine

Virtual Tip Jars Let You Support Hospitality Workers While Drinking at Home


McDonald's donates $3.1M in food to US communities

Feeding Chicago

Feeding Chicago is a non-profit aimed at feeding front line workers with Restaurant kitchens/staff here in Chicago.

Girl Scouts are Donating Cookies and Making Masks

Girl Scout troops across the country are showing their support and appreciation for healthcare workers by donating cookies and making masks.

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The Spoon

Wow Bao Launches an Off-Premises Platform for Other Restaurants

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QSR Magazine

Panera turns into a nation-wide grocery chain

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Supermarket News

H-E-B sells meals from local restaurants amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Initiative 77(3)12

Initiative 77312 is cooking, packaging and safely delivering bento boxes to healthcare workers throughout Chicago.

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Restaurants Providing Gloves in Time of Need

While closed, this group is helping collect gloves for healthcare workers.

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Block Club Chicago

Dimo’s Pizza In Wicker Park Making Face Shields With Its Ovens And Donating Food To Hospitals

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One restaurant is feeding furloughed employees and has a model for others to use

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Main Event

This restaurant group is adding entertainment bundles to their menu during COVID-19.

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Restaurants Are Evolving Into Corner Stores to Stay Alive

Businesses are using their stores of pantry staples, cleaning, supplies, and toilet paper to provide for the community and make an income during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Need to stock your pantry? These L.A. restaurants are temporarily flipping to corner stores.

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London’s Oldest Food Market Transforms Into Delivery Hub During Coronavirus

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Suburban restaurants are cooking up creative ideas in response to COVID-19

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Piada offers free lunch to K-12 students during COVID-19 crisis.

Monday – Friday (March 16 – April 3), during lunch hours of 10:45am - 1:00pm kids can get a pasta with sauce, cheese, and a fountain drink for free.

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Tock is helping restaurants set up delivery by mobilizing existing staff instead of relying on 3rd party services.

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Portland distillery turns their alcohol waste into free hand sanitizer.

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Grocery stores offer 'elderly-only' shopping hours amid coronavirus concerns

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Think Food Group converts its restaurants into community kitchens during COVID19.

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Starbucks to Roll Out More Robust Mental Health Benefits for Employees

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Saugatuck restaurant 'The Southerner' shifts its menu to boxed cafeteria-style lunches

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Chuck E. Cheese offers in-home virtual birthday packages

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This Seattle restaurant is redesigning its entire business model in response to the coronavirus.

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Chipotle Is Hosting Virtual Lunch Parties With Celebs & Giving Away Free Burritos

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Dimo's Pizza is live streaming pizza classes and selling BYO pizza kits

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USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19

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