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San Joaquin County recently launched its Relief Across Downtown digital gift card that allows residents to double the dollars in their wallets when they spend at local small businesses.

The county said the program is designed to put more spending money in consumers’ wallets when they shop at eligible San Joaquin County businesses while also allowing local businesses to recover financially from the pandemic.

Businesses taking part in the program include restaurants, personal care services and specialty retailers.

“This new program provides important and needed assistance to our local businesses by allowing residents of San Joaquin County to support their preferred merchants and aid them in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Supervisor Tom Patti said.

According to the county, $1 million was allocated in March by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors to fund the program.

(Video courtesy of RAD Card/YouTube)

Residents can download the RAD Card app on their smartphone then add funds to a community location of their choice in increments of $25, $50, $75 and up to the program limit of $100.

After individuals add their funds to the card, the amount they selected automatically gets matched and residents can spend those funds at participating small businesses by scanning the QR code located in the app.

Deputy County Administrator Jolena Voorhis said once customers use their RAD card at the designated businesses, the additional funds are given to the business.

“I hope all of our residents take advantage of this program and help to give back to our small businesses that have suffered tremendously through this historical challenge,” Patti said.

Links to participating businesses in each community can be found on the RAD Card’s homepage.