In times of stress, it’s easy to ignore the needs of those around you. Without a strong support system, the health of our local communities will suffer. Now more than ever, it’s important to band together with your neighbors and share support for your block—and it’s actually easier than you think. With a few intentional acts of love and support for your favorite stores, local businesses and restaurants, our communities can continue to grow and thrive stronger than before.
Here are a few easy ways you can show support for your community today.
Donate food to people in need
Food is a necessity and many people right in your own neighborhood are in desperate need. In fact, one in eight people struggles with food insecurity, and one in five children doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. That’s where you come in. Donate food or funds to your local food bank that support this very cause. If you see someone in need, offer to share some groceries.
Bloom Farms proudly supports food banks across the nation. Check out our list of food bank partners and donate today.
Online shopping may seem like the most efficient way to grab the essentials, but you may be doing more harm than good. Local businesses, from card shops and dry cleaners to clothing boutiques and small markets, take pride in their work and hold great accountability for their contributions to the community. These local shops care about their local customers and are invested in the well-being of the surrounding community and its future. Plus, supporting local is better for the environment as these smaller businesses often produce a smaller carbon footprint. Shop mindfully and support your community by staying local.
Purchase a gift card
Don’t want to see your favorite spots close down? If they’re not currently open for business, you may be able to show them your support by purchasing a gift card for future use! Not only will you have a delicious meal, a dreamy vacation or a relaxing spa day to look forward to, but you will also help feed your favorite businesses financially and ensure their longevity––any amount helps!
While most of us enjoy take-out on a regular basis, now we have a better excuse to order that extra large pizza or hearty breakfast burrito by ordering take-out. Opting for take-out over delivery is faster and also may lessen the shop’s overhead. Your local restaurants will thank you and you won’t even have to change out of your sweat pants.
Check on your neighbors
Lend a friendly hand and check in on your friends, neighbors, family and elders. Many folks are stuck at home, unable to shop or complete their typical outdoor chores. Stop and ask your fellow community members if you can help grab groceries, fill a prescription, cut the grass or pick up take-out. We could all use a little extra kindness, so why not offer a lending hand in your neighborhood now.
Adopt or foster a pet
Don’t forget about your furry four-legged friends! Animals are always in need of love and care, especially in times like these. With less help and fewer volunteers in shelters, animals are often left alone and neglected. If you’re considering adoption, now is a great time to go for it! Not only will you bring a bit more joy into your home, but you could actually save an animal’s life. Since we’re all at home, there’s a lot of time for bonding and training. Can’t commit to adoption but still want to help? Offer to foster a pet. This provides the animals with a warm, loving home and refuge away from isolated shelters.