GiftAMeal Makes Core Changes to App to Meet Needs of Emerging Restaurant Crisis

How this socially-conscious St. Louis startup has responded to the coronavirus crisis is not just belly-warming; it's heartwarming too.
  • The nationwide official public health response to coronavirus has forced local restaurants to close or switch to takeout/delivery options only.
  • St. Louis has been impacted just like any other city, leading to an immediate loss of income now, threatening cash flow and forecasting job losses in future.
  • Following the forced closure of “dining rooms” (attached to restaurants), GiftAMeal has switched its app user reward system to handle takeout/delivery option to maintain meal donations to at-risk communities.
  • Furthermore, GiftAMeal has expanded its capabilities to support restaurant visibility by turning the photo-sharing feed on the app into a newsfeed too, where it will update the community on how local restaurants are responding to the crisis.
  • GiftAMeal is an app that helps restaurants attract new patrons by asking users to share photos of their meals to a city-wide community of food lovers, and then rewarding that action with a donation made to a local food bank to help serve other citizens who are vulnerable to food insecurity issues.
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