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Food delivery services see 'nonstop' demand during pandemic

"Under normal conditions I get about five every two hours so two to three a hour but now what’s happening is it is nonstop," Dotson said.

Posted: Apr 23, 2020 6:51 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- While some restaurants have closed due to the pandemic, others have turned to delivery as a lifeline.

Beergarden on W. 6th Avenue in Eugene is one of many restaurants offering delivery to people within five miles.

“A lot of people that I have talked to it's kind of a balance between not wanting to cook but also wanting to support local businesses,” Beergarden employee Sarah Dunne said.

Dunne said they have been able to serve a lot of hungry people in need which encourages them to keep going.

"Gives me a sense of pride you know obviously we aren’t nurses here but we are still taking care of people’s needs in the way that we can, so I feel really good about it and I’m really happy to be able to work,” Dunne said.

Restaurants aren't the only ones feeding families during the crisis.

Kris Dotson has been working for Grubhub delivering food for almost a year now.

“My job is to not only help them but protect them and it’s the best,” Dotson said.

He said the demand for food delivery services is bigger than he's ever seen.

"Under normal conditions I get about five every two hours so two to three an hour but now what’s happening is it is nonstop," Dotson said.

He said people are more appreciative than ever and he's thrilled he is able to help those in need.

"We are all doing everything we can to help our community and we do appreciate the thanks. I don’t do it for the thanks but we all appreciate it that we are being recognized for the risks that we are taking so that they can stay safe,” Dotson said.

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