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Supermarket provides needed assist during COVID-19 pandemic

Fareway delivers gift cards to help small businesses

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic extends beyond the toll of deaths and illnesses. The virus has also infected the American economy, throwing millions out of work and leaving millions more with smaller paychecks due to reduced working hours.

There are people in the Fort Dodge area who are among those out of work or struggling to make ends meet on smaller paychecks.

Fortunately, another local business has stepped up to help.

Fareway, which has a supermarket at First Avenue South and 12th Street, has given $1,000 worth of gift cards to the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, which will in turn distribute them to small businesses that are alliance members forced by the pandemic to close or significantly change their day-to-day operations. Leaders of those businesses will then decide how to allocate the cards.

”The biggest thing is if they could hand it to furloughed employees,” said Chris Palm, manager of the Fort Dodge Fareway store.

Each card has a $50 value.

Throughout the pandemic, Fareway and its employees have been steadfast in providing an essential service – supplying food and other necessities. Store leaders have even tweaked the schedule to provide a time for senior citizens and those with disabilities to shop without having to encounter a lot of people who may or may not be carrying the virus.

With the donation of the gift cards, Fareway has again proven itself to be an exemplary corporate citizen.

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