As the Coronavirus pandemic wages on, so too does its economic impact. Staying home to stay safe has devastated the economy and, for some, depleted spiritual, emotional, and mental reserves. But there are ways to both give back and stay strong. Below are tips and resources for self- and community-care during COVID-19.
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We’ve noticed—as you probably have, too—that despite challenging circumstances, there is a deep, collective desire to connect, grow, and help others. As we all confront our current new reality, each of us is searching for the best ways to take care of ourselves and our communities. That search can, at times, feel overwhelming.
With this in mind, we’ve curated a brief list of resources and tips for supporting our neighbors and maintaining personal wellness. It’s not comprehensive; rather, it’s a kind of “tool kit” that we’re finding helpful, and so, wanted to share with you.
As always, thank you for your membership in our Martha & Marley Spoon community. We’re glad you’re here, and we’re proud to reliably deliver high-quality meals to America’s doorsteps while keeping our staff, our product, and our community healthy and safe.
Staying safe at home is both a social responsibility and a luxury. Still, it presents challenges; namely loneliness, boredom, and stress. Below are suggestions for combating them.
Once a trendy phrase, self-care is now a vital part of maintaining your health. Here are a few simple tips for staying mentally and physically strong while at home.
Donating to nonprofits that assist vulnerable populations and essential service providers is one way to support communities. Below are four charitable organizations accepting contributions.
Meals on Wheels safely—per CDC guidelines—delivers food to seniors and ensures they are visited regularly. Donate to the national branch, or phone your local Meals on Wheels provider to contribute.
School closures mean that many of the children in free school lunch programs won’t receive proper nutrition during the pandemic. GenYouth’s COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund enables schools to set up delivery services so they can continue providing those meals. Give via this link.
Direct Relief accepts financial donations so it can continue providing protective equipment to hospital workers, health authorities, nonprofits, and businesses in the US and China. Its tagline? Giving is good medicine. (And we agree.)
Among the highest risk groups for contracting Coronavirus are America’s 500,000 homeless people. CDC recommendations to implement screenings at shelters means greater assistance is needed for an already-stressed system. You can locate and give to a homeless shelter in your area via this directory.