WACO, Texas — Waco Delivers is a new delivery service in Waco aims to help local restaurants and the community at the same time.
Managing partner of George's Restaurant and Bar and president of the Waco Restaurant Association, Kyle Citrano said the idea for Waco Delivers began a week ago and they had their first delivery before the weekend.
Now that restaurants are take-out and delivery only and shelter-in-place orders have been extended for a month, many are worried about the outcome.
According to the Texas Restaurant Association, $1.8 billion and about 200,000 jobs have been lost since March 1.
"Our genuine concern is to make sure everyone can survive this as best they can so that our doors can open back up whenever we're allowed to allow customers back in," Citrano said.
Waco Delivers is a service that allows people to order food to be delivered to healthcare workers, first responders, non-profits, or any place where people have been working hard and can use a meal.
"We just want to be able to give people a chance to buy somebody a meal. I mean at the end of the day it's about taking care of others and it's kind of hard to do when you're having to shelter in place and you're having to be at home in self quarantine," Citrano said.
The way it works is pretty simple.
All you have to do is choose where you want to send the food, then go to the Waco Delivers website. Choose one of the participating restaurants and contact them directly to place your order of at least $25. Let them know it's through Waco Delivers and there's no delivery fee.
"We're asking the community to help us in that, but if they're going to help us in that let's try to help some other people as well. So you're helping us and you're helping others," Citrano said.
The delivery service is still pretty new, but Citrano said he hopes more restaurants will join and with the community's help, more people will start buying meals for others.
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