Supporting local restaurants just got easier

By Mary Honkus
April 17, 2020 02:29 PM
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Small businesses across the U.S. have been hit extremely hard by the coronavirus pandemic, especially local restaurants. Loyal patrons have been looking for ways to support their favorite eateries by ordering take-out or contributing to donation pages. Thanks to Instagram, contributing to these efforts just became a lot easier.

The social media platform recently introduced new stickers for restaurants that allows users to order take-out, buy gift cards, and donate to fundraisers through the restaurant’s stories and profile. These features are currently only available in the U.S. and Canada, but will be rolling out globally in the coming weeks according to a blog post from Instagram.

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The fundraiser button will open a Facebook page created by individual businesses and supporters. Food orders and gift cards will take you to a partner site where you can make your purchase.

You can also re-share the stickers from your favorite restaurant on your own feed to spread the word.

“For many businesses right now, every sale helps,” Instagram said in their blog post. “We’ll continue to work on features that make it easier to support the small businesses you care about.”

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