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Business supporting locally-owned restaurants during shutdown

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Posted at 5:32 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 17:32:37-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan-based business is giving back to the community that has supported it by buying meals for its staff every day from a Grand Rapids restaurant.

Chow Hound Pet Supplies will go to locally-owned businesses until the end of March and buy food for employees. Stores outside of Grand Rapids are also participating at locally-owned restaurants where they are located.

Dine-in services at all bars and restaurants are temporarily shut down by an order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as the state works to slow the spread of coronavirus. While many are still offering delivery and pickup services, it isn't enough for all to be financially supported.

"This will not make up the impact but in times like these we all need to do our part to take care of our friends, neighbors and local businesses," Chow Hound CEO Brannon Dixon said in a statement. "I hope other businesses that need offices open and staff coming in will join us in this support."