And here's how you can help.

By Cailey Rizzo
Updated March 17, 2020
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Due to the various precautionary measures around the world in light of the coronavirus pandemic, eateries ranging from cafes to theme park-sized restaurants have closed — and in turn, many are helping out their communities by donating perishable food.

A report from the New York Times chronicled the travails of bistro owners in Paris who scrambled to find something to do with the thousands of euros’ worth of perishable goods in their fridges. Employees lined up to take Spanish ham, pork pâté and chèvre cheese home during the 15-day forced quarantine. Neighbors poured through the bistro’s doors for free boeuf bourguignon, milk and cheese. Some of the goods were sold to a bakery, which will remain open through the quarantine.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that France would begin its quarantine at noon on Tuesday. The 15-day lockdown is on all but “essential” outings.

eople wearing protective masks walk outside a closed restaurant near Place de la Republique in Paris, France, March 15, 2020.
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In an effort to reduce food waste, Disneyland Resort in California announced that while it's closed, it would donate its “excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals” to Second Harvest Food Bank, providing meals to those in need in Orange County.

And many beloved New York City restaurants are donating their perishable items to food banks while they’re forced to close. Quality Branded food group, which owns Don Angie, Quality Meats and Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in the city will donate its perishable foods to City Harvest charity, according to Eater.

Chairs are stacked in a closed cafe in Manhattan on March 16, 2020 in New York City.
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If you have extra food to donate during the outbreak, there are many options around the country. Feeding America is a nationwide network of foodbanks constantly collecting donations. You can find your nearest foodbank online. No Kid Hungry is an organization that provides meals to children in need, especially when schools are closed. You can also help Meals on Wheels and bring food and companionship to a senior citizen nearby.

New Yorkers with extra food can also use the app Transfernation, the city’s first on-demand food rescue service. Someone from the app will pick up unused food and bring it to the nearest food collection service, making it easier to obey quarantine and do good.

The Seattle Foundation has launched a COVID-19 response fund to help fund treatment for patients without health care and provide grants to workers in the gig economy without sick days.

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