Distilleries and perfume companies are making hand sanitizer
Across the country, distilleries are using their alcohol supply to make much-needed hand sanitizer.
- Brewery giant Anheuser-Busch announced on Twitter they'd start producing bottles of hand sanitizer and work with the Red Cross to determine where the bottles are needed most.
- Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. in Kentucky is giving out the hand sanitizer it makes to local organizations, free of charge.
- New York Distilling Company is giving its hand sanitizer to food and retail businesses.
- Vermont-based Caledonia Spirits is turning its alcohol into hand sanitizer for first responders.
- The list of distilleries using their supplies to help first responders and communities is continually growing, but you can find a pretty solid list here.
Some perfume companies are also making hand sanitizer.
- LVMH, which owns luxury perfume brand Christian Dior, is using its production facilities to produce free hand sanitizer for French hospitals.
Food companies are giving food to those in need
As the crisis continues to put a strain on first responders, grocery stores, and families around the country, food companies have stepped up to ensure those who need food get it.
- Sweet Green is giving away free salads and bowls to hospital workers and first responders.
- Uber is giving over 300,000 meals to first responders.
- &Pizza is giving free pizzas to hospital workers with a valid ID.
- Chef José Andrés' World Central Kitchen is setting up community kitchens to serve individuals in need in heavily hit communities.
- Los Angeles café Everytable set up a helpline to ensure people in LA can get healthy meals.
- Uber has waived all delivery fees for local restaurants.
- Tons of restaurants have also waived their own delivery fees.
- Burger King is offering two free kids meals with any purchase to help keep kids fed during this crisis.
- Restaurants around the country are ensuring food banks stay stocked—sometimes with the ingredients they aren't able to use due to forced closures.
- Otamot, which makes jarred tomato sauces, is sending sauces and other shelf-stable ingredients to individuals in need.
- Slice is working with Slice Out Hunger and Pizza to the Polls to send pizzas to health care workers for their Pizza vs. Pandemic campaign.
- Black Seed Bagels is giving a warm bagel with butter and a small coffee to anyone recently laid off from a restaurant or bar position. Valid at all Black Seed locations daily between 2-3 p.m.
- Beverage company So Good So You is donating contact-less hospital care packages with the brand's immunity-boosting juice shots to medical professionals in its local Minneapolis community, along with hospitals in heavily affected areas like New York City. Suggest hospitals for them to donate to on Instagram.
- Popeyes is giving customers the option to add $1 to their tab at checkout and matching those donations 100 percent in support of No Kid Hungry.
- Ginger beverage company Reed's is turning its consumer sampling truck into a delivery truck to drop off immunity-boosting ginger drinks to hospitals, fire stations, and medical centers in LA, Orange County, and San Diego.
- The Habit Burger Grill is using its food trucks to host provide over 8,000 free meals to health care professionals throughout California.
- Food truck catering site Roaming Hunger is using food trucks to feed the homeless, elderly, first responders, and health care workers in New York. Donate to the cause on Go Fund Me—$6 provides one hot meal.
- Migrant Kitchen is working with DoorDash, City Harvest, and other organizations to serve meals COVID-19 units and emergency rooms in New York, along with homeless shelters. Donate to their cause on GoFundMe.
Fashion and craft companies are making masks
To help with the overwhelming shortage of surgical masks, which are especially important for hospitals, first responders, and at-risk populations like the elderly, fashion companies have begun using their materials and know-how to produce face masks and other protective medial gear like hospital gowns.
- Hanes is focusing its efforts on producing cotton face masks, and they'll be sharing their design with several other companies including Fruit of the Loom, according to TODAY.
- Zara's parent company, Inditex, is making and donating masks for first responders in Spain and exploring the possibility of making hospital gowns, too, according to Business Insider.
- Christian Siriano of Project Runway is having his New York seamstresses focus on making face masks.
- Dov Charney, founder of Los Angeles Apparel, is directing his company to focus on making surgical masks and hospital gowns.
- Gap, Inc. tweeted Saturday that it was ready to do whatever needed to help out during the crisis.
- Cricut created a free design for people to make masks at home, and many people are using the design to make and donate masks to community organizations.
- Rough Linen is making masks from linen sheets and giving them to Kaiser Permanente's medical staff.
- Brooks Brothers is using its New York, Massachusetts, and North Carolina factories to produce medical masks and gowns. It's aiming to make 150,000 masks per day.
- Mellanni Fine Linens is donating their sheet sets to organizations that are sewing masks for hospital workers.
Automakers and appliance manufacturers are producing ventilators and other medical supplies
Ventilators are vital for treating critical COVID-19 cases, but there aren't nearly enough of them to support the country's caseload. Several automakers have offered to use their facilities and access to supplies like plastic and metal to produce ventilators.
- General Motors and Ford are making plans with the White House to start producing ventilators and other medical equipment.
- Ferrari is working with Siare Engineering in Italy to increasing ventilator production, and it's starting to make ventilator parts in its own headquarters.
- Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla would help make ventilators if the need arose. He's in talks with Mayor Bill de Blasio about beginning production and distribution.
Other companies are producing or donating home appliances to first responders.
- GE Appliances is donating a large portion of the appliances it produces in the next two weeks to individuals (and their families) who are on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. GE makes refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers, and more. The company is also working with United Way Worldwide to collect appliance donations for health care workers, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics.
Grocery stores are offering special hours for vulnerable populations
Crowded grocery stores can be especially scary for seniors, pregnant women, and at-risk individuals, all of whom are more susceptible to contracting or dying from coronavirus. To help, grocery stores are reserving blocks of time just for these populations so they can shop in a safer environment.
- Albertsons, which owns grocery stories including Acme, Amigos United, Haggen, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Randalls, Safeway, Shaw's, and Vons, among others, is setting aside Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 a.m. for vulnerable shoppers. Call your local Albertsons-owned store to verify hours.
- Aldi is reserving Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-9:30 a.m. for senior citizens, expectant mothers, and individuals with health concerns.
- Big Lots is holding the first hour of each business day for senior citizens and others most vulnerable to the virus. They're also offering online orders with curbside pickup.
- Costco is letting customers over 60 years old shop between 8-9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Dollar General stores is opening its stores to at-risk populations shop during each's store first hour daily.
- H-E-B worked with Favor Delivery to start a Senior Support Line that lets individuals over 60 to place grocery orders for home delivery by phone (1-833-397-0080), the Favor app, or online between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily.
- Hy-Vee is reserving mornings from 7-8 a.m. for customers ages 60 or older, expectant mothers, and those with health conditions.
- Kroger Co. is adjusting its hours to allow for vulnerable populations to shop alone. Kroger owns nearly 3,000 stores nationwide, including City Market, Copps, Dillons, Fry’s Food Stores, Food 4 Less, Foods Co, Fred Meyer, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Jay-C Food Stores, King Soopers, Mariano’s, Metro Market, Owen’s Market, Pay-Less Super Markets, Pick ‘N Save, QFC, Ralphs, Ruler Foods, and Smith’s Food and Drug. Contact your local store for their special hours.
- Price Chopper is opening stores from 6-7 a.m. each day for seniors.
- Publix is reserving Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m. for customers 65 and older. Their pharmacies will also open at 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays for seniors.
- Sam's Club is dedicating Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 a.m. to seniors, people with disabilities, and people with compromised immune systems.
- Schnucks is holding 6-7 a.m. daily for customers 60 and older and other at-risk populations.
- Target is reserving the first shopping hour each Wednesday for vulnerable customers.
- Walgreens is letting seniors shop from 8-9 a.m. every Tuesday. However, they're also giving senior free shipping and drive-thru services to eliminate the need for them to visit the stores as much as possible.
- Walmart is holding a "senior shopping event" every Tuesday one hour before stores open.
- Whole Foods is opening an hour early each day exclusively to seniors.
- Winn-Dixie is reserving 8-9 a.m. weekdays for seniors and other at-risk customers.
Other local and national stores are adjusting hours to better serve their communities. See this list for more special hours or call your local grocery store to see if they're setting aside hours for at-risk populations.
Various organizations are supporting struggling local businesses
- The Dining Bond initiative lets people buy restaurant gift cards at a lower price than face value and redeem at a later date.
- Yelp partnered with Go Fund Me to add a "Donate" icon to local business profiles, making it easier to support restaurants, coffee shops, salons, and more.