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Let the Great American Takeout be your excuse for ordering delivery tonight

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We used to feel gluttonous about ordering takeout several nights in a row, but now we feel downright heroic supporting local restaurants as often as we can. If you need an excuse to pull up your favorite delivery app again tonight, we have just the thing: The Great American Takeout, a national food holiday of sorts that encourages diners to order takeout or delivery on Tuesday, March 24.

The trending call to action appears to have kicked off late last week, with a tweet asking people to order at least one delivery or takeout meal to help save the country's struggling restaurants while also curbing the spread of coronavirus. What first started with chain restaurants like Panera Bread, Veggie Grill and Noodles & Company has since grown to include independent, mom-and-pop eateries throughout the U.S.

It's not hard to participate: Simply order in from your favorite restaurant tonight and, if you wish, post a photo of your spread with the hashtag #thegreatamericantakeout. To sweeten the deal, global meat-processing company Smithfield Foods has agreed to donate $5 for every social post that uses the coalition's hashtag to Children of Restaurant Employees, a nonprofit organization that "grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances."

That's what we can a win-win-win. Delivery apps at the ready, folks!

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