BOONE — Boone Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David Jackson announced that 11,007 meals were distributed on the April 28 “Takeout Tuesday,” the most since the chamber began the weekly campaign to support area restaurants.

The number represents meals purchased from about 30 area restaurants as well the Watauga County Schools meal distribution program.

The effort, which started March 31, was designed to encourage area residents to support local restaurants and food distribution programs during the COVID-19 crisis, while also complying with the directives listed in the state’s stay-at-home order.

Jackson said that 46,471 meals were distributed on Takeout Tuesdays in the month of April.

Customers placed orders with local restaurants, utilized curbside, takeout, and delivery options, and enjoyed their meal in the confines of their home. They posted pictures of meals across various social media platforms and tagged posts with the name of the restaurant and the #KeepBooneHealthy hashtag.

Jackson said the Takeout Tuesday campaign will run weekly through the end of May. AppHealthCare has endorsed the effort with the understanding that should a need for further tightening of the stay-at-home order becomes necessary, the promotion may need to be re-evaluated.

“The support of the community has helped keep these businesses open, employees on staff, and it has also kept more food being distributed throughout the community,” Jackson said. “The more restaurants that can stay open during this time helps provide more options for people, and helps keep some of our other community outreach programs focused on serving more specific food distribution needs.”

In addition to supporting area restaurants and utilizing the Watauga County Schools meal distribution program, customers can purchase meals for Hospitality House. Social distancing guidelines have altered the organization’s ability to prepare meals for individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness.

For more information about a broad range of available assistance during the COVID-19 crisis, visit www.boonechamber.com/localresponse. If you have questions, contact the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce at 828-264-2225 or email david@boonechamber.com.

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