Last updated: 4/2/2020 at 3:28pm CST
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Emergency Financial Assistance
Nonprofit: CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees)
CORE™ is dedicated to serving food and beverage service employees with children, who are faced with life-altering circumstances and in need of our help. As the world faces the biggest pandemic in our lifetime, we want to continue to honor our mission by providing support to food and beverage service employees, with children, who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19. Documentation is required.
Apply or Donate: https://coregives.org/covid-19/
USBG (United States Bartender’s Guild) National Charity Foundation
The Foundation understands that service industry professionals often do not have the safety net necessary to survive sudden or catastrophic life events that prevent them from maintaining financial security for themselves and their families. The Foundation provides grants to qualified applicants who are in need of financial assistance. Bartenders DO NOT need to be a UBSG member to apply.
Apply or Donate: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
Another Round Another Rally
ARAR is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. They’re also collecting donations from community members willing to help their hospitality-industry friends and neighbors stay afloat in this time of uncertainty.
Apply or Donate: https://anotherroundanotherrally.org/
New! Restaurant Strong Fund
Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation are bringing the successful Restaurant Strong Fund to 20 total states to aid the restaurant workers impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Following the success of the Massachusetts launch in mid-March, Samuel Adams is donating over $2,000,000 to kickstart funding in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont.
Donate or Apply: https://www.restaurantstrong.org/
Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
By addressing quality-of-life issues that disproportionately affect restaurant workers – 40% of whom live on poverty-level wages – we hope to strengthen the workforce and increase opportunities for advancement in the industry to more people.
Apply or Donate: https://www.restaurantworkerscf.org/
ONE FAIR WAGE – Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
Tipped workers and other service workers were already struggling. In this crisis, they need our help. We’re providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
Apply or Donate: https://ofwemergencyfund.org/
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United COVID-19 Relief Fund
In this time of crisis, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
Apply or Donate: https://rocunited.org/relief/
New! The United Sommeliers Foundation
Created during the global COVID-19 crisis, The United Sommeliers Foundation has established a fund to provide financial assistance to professional sommeliers finding themselves in vulnerable and uncertain positions.
Apply or Donate: https://www.unitedsommeliersfoundation.com/our-mission
Southern Smoke Foundation
Established in 2017, our emergency relief fund has distributed more than $830,000 to individuals in the food and beverage industry in crisis.
Apply or Donate: https://southernsmoke.org/fund/
James Beard Foundation – JBF Relief Fund
To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
Apply or Donate: https://www.jamesbeard.org/relief
Unites States Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
Learn more and Apply: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
Unemployment Benefits by State
View Only Google Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13jmBYxMx098TWPcbdMG5ll9GFGsN3DF-BLpJ7zeF_6Q/edit#gid=0
Food, Rent, Utility, and Medical Assistance by State
Gigworker’s Collective Extensive List: https://www.gigworkerscollective.org/covid-19-resources
Georgia: The Giving Kitchen
The Giving Kitchen is building a food service community where crisis is met with compassion and care, and anyone can be a hero. Food service workers in Georgia who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or those who are under doctor’s orders for a mandatory quarantine should contact The Giving Kitchen for help.
Apply or Donate: https://thegivingkitchen.org/covid19
Massachusetts: The Greg Hill Foundation – Restaurant Strong Fund
The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams* to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures by providing $1,000 grants to as many qualifying grantees as possible. Sam Adams is kickstarting the Restaurant Strong Fund with a donation of $100,000 and a commitment to match donations through 3/31 up to an additional $100,000.
Apply or Donate: https://www.thegreghillfoundation.org/restaurantstrong/
New! Texas: Restaurant Relief Fund (Applications temporarily suspended, keep checking back)
To support independent restaurants, the TX Restaurant Relief Fund will distribute grants of up to $5,000 PER UNIT to immediately support their financial needs. These funds are earmarked specifically for use to keep their doors open and their workers employed.
Apply or Donate: https://mailchi.mp/txrestaurant.org/txrestaurantrelieffund
New! Tax & Legislative Updates via CohnReznick
CohnReznick his offering COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions, including a list of tax and legislative updates available on their website (updated regularly).
Learn More: https://www.cohnreznick.com/insights/coronavirus-resource-center
New! $2.2 Trillion Relief Package
- Unemployed workers: $260 billion for emergency unemployment insurance. Weekly benefit increase of $600 for four months. Includes extra 13 weeks of coverage for people who have exhausted existing benefits. Also covers part-time, self-employed, gig economy workers.
- Small Businesses: $350 billion in loans for companies with 500 employees or fewer, including nonprofits, self-employed people and hotel and restaurant chains with up to 500 workers per location. Provides 8 weeks of cash assistance through loans to cover payroll, rent and other expenses, much of which would be forgiven if the company retains workers. Also $17 billion to help small businesses repay existing loans; $10 billion for grants up to $10,000 for small businesses to pay operating costs.
- Stimulus Checks: One-time payments of $1,200 per adult, $2,400 per couple, $500 per child. Amounts begin phasing out at $75,000 for individuals, $150,000 per couple.
Coronavirus Relief Package Passed into Law – Paid Sick Leave & Free Testing:
Relief Package Key Points:
- Two weeks of full-pay sick and family leave to workers who are in quarantine or helping family members with COVID-19, or who have children whose schools have closed because of the virus.
- A total of 12 weeks of paid leave to many of those with children in schools that have closed. Workers will get ~67% of their normal salary for this period
- Bolster unemployment insurance
- Free coronavirus testing
- Boost the SNAP food assistance program and federal funding for Medicaid
Additional Helpful Organizations
The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger.
Find your local food bank: https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank
National Restaurant Association
The National Restaurant Association continues to engage with local, state, and federal officials to help our employers and employees address this public health emergency. Includes additional information on health, safety, best practices, and guidance through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more: https://restaurant.org/covid19
California Restaurant Association
Includes recent updates on the COVID-19 mandates and resources specific to California.
Learn more: https://www.calrest.org/coronavirus-resources
Florida Restaurant Association
Includes recent updates on the COVID-19 mandates and resources specific to Florida.
Learn more: https://frla.org/covid-19/
Illinois Restaurant Association
Includes recent updates on the COVID-19 mandates and resources specific to Illinois.
Learn more: https://www.illinoisrestaurants.org/
New York State Restaurant Association
Includes recent updates on the COVID-19 mandates and resources specific to New York.
Learn more: https://www.nysra.org/covid-19-info–resources.html
Texas Restaurant Association
Includes recent updates on the COVID-19 mandates and resources specific to Texas.
Learn more: https://www.txrestaurant.org/news/coronavirus-guidance-resources
National Restaurant News
News Outlet including the latest updates on coronavirus and COVID-19 for restaurants, operators and the food service industry.
Read more: https://www.nrn.com/coronavirus
List of Open Restaurants
Dining at a Distance
Open restaurants and delivery platforms by city: https://www.diningatadistance.com/
Sage Hospitality Carry Out Locations
Sage Restaurant Concepts will make a $1 donation for every carry out order placed at any participating Sage Restaurant Concepts location to Feeding America, an organization helping local food banks respond to COVID-19.
List of participating restaurants: https://keepcalmcarryout.com/
Ways to Support the Bar & Restaurant Community
NYC: Help Main Street
Help your local business by buying gift cards to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Help Main Street drives 100% of proceeds to small businesses, built by volunteers with love from NYC.
Visit website: https://www.helpmainstreet.com/