Fareway donates $1,000 to Fort Dodge businesses
8 May 2020
Fareway’s Fort Dodge location delivered $1,000 in gift cards Thursday to the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance for small businesses impacted by the regulations and effects of COVID-19.
The donation comprised of $50 gift cards will be distributed by the alliance to randomly selected small business members impacted by restrictions that may have forced them to close or significantly alter their day-to-day business. Businesses will then be able to choose how to use or give away the gift cards.
The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance has about 475 business members, CEO Dennis Plautz said, many of whom have concerns about their future in light of the pandemic. Plautz said those with large expenses incurred before the pandemic hit or those with less capital may be at higher risk of negative outcomes.
“The positives are things like this,” Plautz said. “There’s a lot of things people will appreciate more once we get through this.”
The alliance and Fareway hopes the move, part of about $220,000 in donations from Fareway Stores Inc. to communities in the Midwest, will boost morale in a dark time.