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Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] County-based Businesses Support Community During COVID-19

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James City County is pleased to share that many County-based businesses are supporting healthcare workers and the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg donated 4,800 tons of fresh dairy and produce as well as snacks to Grove Christian Outreach Center after the closure of their theme park due to COVID-19. This was announced on their Twitter account.
  • La Tienda has converted its restaurant into a community kitchen to help those affected by COVID-19. La Tienda is offering a set menu on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 4-7 p.m. Patrons are asked to “Pay What They Can” and no one will be turned away. Payment is by electronic means only, no cash will be accepted. All meals will be packaged for take-out only. La Tienda is working under the umbrella of the World Central Kitchen, a world-wide effort led by Chef José Andrés to provide hot meals to people in need during times of crisis. Call 757-808-5344 or email LaTienda at latiendatapasbar.cs@gmail.com. More information is available on the La Tienda website.
  • Sweethaven Lavender of Williamsburg (Sweethaven) has canceled their annual lavender festival days for May and June and allowed ticket recipients to “Convert for the Courageous.” Tickets valued at $15 will be converted to $20 of Sweethaven skincare products that will be donated to healthcare professionals working the frontline. As of April 6, this totals more than $2,500 in Sweethaven products that will be donated to hospitals in the Greater Williamsburg region. More information is available on the Sweethaven website.
  • The Williamsburg Winery in partnership with a local Northwestern Mutual office in the Busch Corporate Center organized a community fundraising initiative to feed local healthcare workers. This initiative raised over $4,000 and provided more than 250 boxed lunches to local hospitals on Friday, April 3. The Winery provided these boxed lunches at a reduced cost of $8 per lunch. Both organizations will continue this effort through the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available on the Winery website.

James City County is grateful for the kindness of businesses in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. County businesses who have pivoted and transitioned to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to contact Office of Economic Development staff with information about their efforts: 757-253-6607 or laura.messer@jamescitycountyva.gov 

Media Contact:
Laura Messer, Tourism & Marketing Coordinator
757-253-6607; laura.messer@jamescitycountyva.gov 

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