Bite-sized Stories is a website that collects business and consumer-side stories about fond experiences in their local food businesses. Users can browse a crowdsourced repository of local food businesses to contribute in a way that is meaningful to them. Support methods that are consolidated, span varying levels of effort, time, finances, and skill, so that anyone can lend a hand—even suggest new modes of support. Business owners can use the platform to tell their own story, show how they are adapting to the pandemic, and provide support methods that are meaningful to them.
There are 4 key features on the website:
1. Stories: users can browse stories in their local community or view stories from a specific business. Business owners can also upload their business’s story, which can be viewed from individual restaurant pages.
2. Contribute: Through the contribute function, users can look up businesses to support and filter results by what’s local to them, the type of food they serve, what kind of help that business is seeking, and when they will break even from their losses. There is also a general FAQ page where users can better understand modes of support across varying levels of effort, time, finances, and skill, and find one that best suits their needs.
3. Submit a business: By filling out a form, any user can nominate a business to be added to the platform’s repository. Submissions would have to be approved and verified by the business owner.
4. Submit your own story: Users can submit their own short stories about their beloved food businesses. Stories can be submitted in the form of text only, image accompanied by text, video, or voice recording.