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UberEats Announces Free Delivery For All Black-Owned Businesses

As corporations move to right their wrongs in response to mass political unrest, UberEats has announced the waiving of all delivery charges for black-owned restaurants.

The policy will last for the entirety of 2020, the company announced in an email last Thursday, and the included businesses will be featured in a prominent list on the app. A prompt, imploring users to “support Black-owned restaurants,” will appear to direct the user towards the list anytime the app is opened.

“We know there is no easy solution to the problem we have faced for centuries,” wrote the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in said email, “We also know that we need to devote our time, energy, and resources toward making a difference.”

The email contained a list of other measures that the company will be enacting in support of these statements, including: a $1 million donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and Center for Policing Equity, discounted rides to black-owned businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, a policy tying Uber executive’s salaries to measurable progress in diversity goals, and the publishing of the company’s workforce data in hopes to be held accountable by the public.

It’s promising to see a corporation the size of Uber taking tangible steps towards helping the businesses and employees that haven’t received support in years past. One can only hope that other corporations, those who have remained silent or released empty statements, take note. 

Khosrowshahi ended the email with a call of support to the cause, unminced and encapsulating of the company’s motives:

“Lastly, let me speak clearly and unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.” 

While this is a positive start for giving awareness and a platform for Black-owned restaurants, the fact that UberEats is not lowering its core business of fees to the restaurant should be noted and still criticized. In a restaurant climate that’s already been ravaged by the pandemic, charging 30% for service fees is still a glaring problem that UberEats, along with other third party delivery apps, need to address. In the grand scheme of things, the delivery fee is nominal.

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Sam’s Club Launches Smaller Sized Cakes for 2020’s Virtual Graduates

I never thought I’d one day be writing a piece about Sam’s Club that involved the word “small.” If memory serves me, my last visit to Sam’s Club began around noon and ended early evening. The place is simply THAT massive. Size aside, Sam’s Club has been affected by the covid-craziness, too. Efforts to adjust and assist employees have been respectable; they recently approved a second round of bonuses for workers. Additionally, changes to store hours, customer capacity allowances, and shopping slots exclusive to seniors have all been instituted. 

While the corona rages, life must persist, and Sam’s Club’s goal is to continue serving their customer’s needs. For instance, students nationwide are preparing to have virtual ceremonies as graduations are approaching. To support and celebrate this year’s graduates, Sam’s Club, typically known for their massive cakes, have announced smaller-cakes for the at-home festivities.  These smaller cakes are 10”, can be personalized and still pack all the tastiness Sam’s Club cakes are known for. The best part is that it costs less than $10. That’s perfect for families on a budget. You can personalize your cake with your school colors, a picture and a custom message as well. 

Sam’s Club personalized cakes come in various sizes ranging from the smallest, 10” single layer cake, to the mini-two-tier cakes and 15 count cupcakes are also offered. Prices vary depending on specifications as each cake is made from scratch.  A 3-tier option exists for larger gatherings but considering the times, that may have to wait until the dust settles.

If you have a soon-to-be graduate, birthday or other type of celebration around the corner, Sam’s Club is sure to meet your cake needs. Orders can now be made from your local club bakery and online.

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Krispy Kreme Is Giving A Free Dozen Doughnuts To Any Student About To Graduate

With students studying online these last few months, it’s sobering to know that they’ll be spending their long-awaited graduations at home thanks to the pandemic.

Here’s a tiny bit of sweet relief, however, as Krispy Kreme is offering high school and college seniors a free dozen doughnuts to soften that blow.

All you have to do is show up at a Krispy Kreme dressed in your graduation cap and gown, or wear clothes that say “Class of 2020” and you will get a free assorted dozen with no strings attached during the week of May 18 to May 24.

Other 2020 apparel that will be accepted includes:

  • Cap and gown with 2020 tassel
  • Class of 2020 apparel (t-shirt, sweatshirt, etc.)
  • 2020 letterman jacket featuring senior status
  • 2020 class ring
  • Graduation announcement featuring name with matching ID
  • Student photo ID featuring senior status
  • Other Class of 2020 senior swag

To celebrate the class of 2020, customers can also purchase a dozen “2020” doughnuts that are made to spell out 2020 through icing in three separate rows.

Krispy Kreme’s free graduate dozen deal will be available at all participating Krispy Kreme locations nationwide while supplies last. For any students looking to grab their free dozen, make sure to be safe out there!

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Cheetos Gets It Poppin’ in 2020 by Releasing Popcorn

If you grew up in the 2010’s, where Hot Cheetos were breakfast at school and there was always that one kid that sold them out of their backpack, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten popcorn and thought “This would be amazing with that stuff they put on Hot Cheetos.” 

Just know that: a) you’re not alone in your hedonistic tendencies and b) this actually exists now. Starting this month, stores nationwide will be carrying bags of Cheetos Popcorn.

And, if you’re one of those people who likes regular Cheetos more— who am I to judge your lackluster chip preferences? — Cheetos Popcorn will be available in both regular and hot.

Each variant can be purchased in big bags (7oz for regular and 6.5oz for hot) at $3.99 as well as small, 2oz bags for $1.89.

Cheetos, unfortunately for my stomach, continues to know my weakness: putting hot Cheetle, the official name for “the stuff they put on Cheetos,” on any chip. I might have to stop by and pick up some from 7-Eleven on my way home from the office today and relive my after school, Cheetle-covered memories.

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Krispy Kreme Launches New Mini Doughnuts To Help With New Year’s Diets

Can’t commit to an entire donut, especially when trying to keep with that 2020 New Year’s resolution? That’s cool. Krispy Kreme just announced the addition of a new permanent menu item that comes in a petite package: Mini Doughnuts.

The new doughnuts are pretty much miniaturized versions of the chain’s most popular items: Original Glazed, Chocolate Ice Glazed, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles, and Strawberry Iced with Sprinkles.

Since we’re starting a brand new year, the idea is for anyone who craves the taste of a Krispy Kreme doughnut to fill that craving, just at a smaller size. This “mini-indulgence” is Krispy Kreme’s way of helping consumers stick to their New Year’s Diet.

Not going to lie, they look pretty darn adorable too.

Look for them now at participating Krispy Kreme locations across the nation as a new permanent menu item.

Krispy Kreme will also host what they’re calling “Mini Mondays” which is a happy hour from 4-7pm through the month of January where fans will get a free mini donut of their choice. You can get yourself one by checking out one of the participating shops found here.