Up-to-Date Information for Hospitality, Restaurant, and Beverage Industries
COVID-19 Support and Relief Efforts

LAST UPDATED APRIL 6, 2020 2:00PM EASTERN

In addition to providing grants, these funds and foundations are collecting donations from community members willing to help their hospitality-industry friends and neighbors stay afloat in this time of uncertainty.

One Fair Wage – Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund provides 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.

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE)
CORE is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to granting support to food & beverage service employees with children, who are faced with life-altering circumstances and in need of help. 

Another Round, Another Rally Fund
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.

United States Bartenders Guild National Charity Foundation – Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Donate or apply to the USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. You do NOT need to be a USBG member to apply for a philanthropic grant.

Emergency Fund for U.S. Sommeliers
The United Sommelier Foundation started a fund that can be accessed immediately by restaurant sommeliers in the U.S. whose hours have been cut or jobs have been eliminated due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Lift Your Spirits Fund
The National Restaurant Association Educational Fund has launched liftyourspirits.org to raise money for food service workers who have been impacted by COVID-19. Proceeds from this fundraising campaign will support the restaurant worker relief efforts at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Apply For a Grant.  Or Donate.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). This Fund is operated by the NRAEF, whose mission is to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers. Donate or Apply online.

ROC Relief
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
The James Beard Foundation recognizes the dire situation the food and beverage community is in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation launched 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. 

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation - Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency including a newly established RWCF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund​
RWCF compiled an EXTENSIVE list of resources and links related to the COVID-19 Crisis on its website, and soon will collect data (qualitative and quantitative) from affected workers and restaurant owners so that we can work with local and national leaders to address the systemic issues the COVID19 pandemic has exposed. 

Toast’s #RallyforRestaurants
The Boston-based hospitality software company Toast has been keeping busy providing the technology that restaurants here and around the country are using to enable online ordering and delivery. But that’s not all: Toast is also compiling daily statistics about how the current crisis is affecting the restaurant industry; it is publishing blog posts relevant to issues in the industry; and it’s gathering other resources for clients (and beyond). Plus—and here’s where your wallet comes in—Toast has launched a #RallyforRestaurants gift card-buying campaign, with a public directory—featuring Toast clients as well as unaffiliated restaurants—to buy restaurant gift cards online. Share your contribution on social using #RallyforRestaurants and tag the restaurant, and Toast’s philanthropic branch, Toast.org will donate $1 per post (up to $250,000) to World Central Kitchen and the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.

Restaurant After Hours
Resources for mental health and substance abuse from Restaurant After Hours to support you on your journey. 

America's Table
#AmericasTable is advocating for support from the government on a Federal, State, and Local level. In addition to the Federal Stimulus Bill Petition already accomplished, work towards instituting a National Hospitality Census and COVID-19 After Care & Systems.

Independent Restaurant Coalition
The IRC was created by an independent group of chefs and organizations including Food Policy Action and the James Beard Foundation. Anyone can join and everyone has a voice. We support all organizations working to support our restaurant community as one united voice.​

Industry United
Industry United is a private Facebook group dedicated to informing and educating the restaurant industry about the COVID-19 outbreak. It is a place to ask questions pertaining to your restaurant, staff, safety and general information.

National Restaurant Association Coronavirus Information and Resources

National Restaurant News COVID-19 Updates and Resources


Payroll Protection Program: HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL RELIEF LOANS
Here's the process as it applies to restaurants. Under the PPP, small businesses are defined as places employing fewer than 500 employees per physical location, or per restaurant, a qualification added specifically for the foodservice industry. The National Restaurant Association has asked Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza to spell out that definition for the benefit of local lenders. (Although the federal government is the source of the funds, the money will be dispersed in large part through local lenders, as per the SBA’s usual model.) 

Unemployment Benefits by State 
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Food, Rent, Utility, and Medical Assistance by State
Gigworker’s Collective Extensive List


Multi-State Coronavirus Policy Tracker
View dashboard, maps, and other resources for tracking how states and localities are responding to the crisis.

Massachusetts


Eater Boston
Is collecting a running list of fundraisers for specific Boston Area restaurants, staff Venmo accounts accepting virtual tips, and other opportunities to help staff weather the storm in the coming weeks or months before their restaurants reopen.

The Lee Initiative in Boston is at Blue Dragon
In partnership with Maker's Mark and Chef Edward Lee, turned Blue Dragon Boston into a relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.  We are offering help for those in need of food and supplies.  Each night, we will pack hundreds of to-go meals that people can come to pick up and take home. Get all the Boston details on Instagram.

LOVIN' SPOONFULLS Relief for Our Friends in Hospitality
In response to the COVID-19 crises disproportionately affecting the hospitality community, we commit to rallying around them.  The restaurant industry selflessly and willingly gives themselves to the community to fundraise for causes of all kinds, and now they need our help. This fund will be directly and evenly distributed among the Lovin' Spoonfuls network of restaurants.

Restaurant Strong Fund
The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams to create the Restaurant Strong Fund, an online fundraiser aimed at providing grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who have been put out of work by the spread of the virus.
 

Off Their Plate
A Harvard Medical student started this grassroots organization to employ currently out-of-work hospitality employees to make meals to donate to front-line hospital workers. Founder Natalie Guo teamed up with Pagu chef Tracy Chang, Little Donkey’s Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, and Irene Li of Mei Mei to Boston at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. So far, it’s raised more than $200,000, which has provided nearly 22,000 “hero meals,” nearly $110,000 in wages, and supported almost 7,000 hours of work. Off Their Plate has incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization, and partnered with CommonWealth Kitchen and World Central Kitchen to fiscally sponsor and raise awareness for the initiative, Boston.com reports.

Emergency Funds for Boston Area Service Workers
Set up by Gabby Bonfiglio and Emily Beaulieu, two women who have been laid off from a local brewery, this GoFundMe account has already raised and distributed $17,000 among 160 industry workers. They hope to raise $25,000 more to distribute to 335 other people in mid-April, per the page’s latest update. “The 300+ workers who have requested access to our funds raised are fellow Boston area service industry workers: friends, friends of friends, and the staff of our favorite cafes, bars and restaurants,” the organizers report. “Your local bartenders, the hardworking kitchen staff, the barista who makes your morning cup, your waitresses/waiters serving you your favorite meals, the hostesses/hosts taking all of your reservations, and the barbacks who take care to keep our community spaces clean and thriving.”

Behind You Emergency Fund
This North Shore-based memorial fund has grown since its initial launch in 1999, in memory of Elizabeth Bookholz, and now supports individuals temporarily out of work for medical reasons, who live or work in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and/or Swampscott. On March 16, it launched a special emergency fund and matched contributions up to $20,000—in 10 days, donations reached $70,000. North Shore folks, stay tuned for applications to reopen if you’re still in need.

Cambridge Virtual Tip Jar
The city of Cambridge has ordered all bars, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses to shutter. Many of our friends and neighbors depend on tips to make ends meet. This virtual tip jar is for local service industry staff – employees at bars, restaurants, salons, etc – to post their Venmo or Paypal information so that customers, neighbors, and Cambridge community members can continue to support them.

Help Camberville Hospitality Workers
Bartender Naomi Levy has been a prominent force on the Boston bar scene since her days at Eastern Standard. Now, she oversees Variety Bar at the Comedy Studio, located at Somerville’s eclectic Bow Market. Suffice to say, she’s close with many workers throughout the hospitality industry—so, her GoFundMe effort supports not only her own staff, but any Camberville hospitality workers in need right now. Levy reports that donations since March 16 have already started going out to eligible “cooks, servers, baristas, bartenders, and backwaiters,” but “we are receiving 15-20 new applicants a day.” If you work in hospitality and live or work in Cambridge or Somerville and need help, apply for this fund—and if you’re just missing the bars on that side of the river, make a donation. To sweeten the support, Levy is keeping busy sharing at-home bartending recipes on her own social media, too. Cheers!

Lowell GoFundMe
This fund will be used exclusively to support the individual kitchen staff, bartenders and servers out of work from downtown Lowell’s bar/restaurants.

Boston GoFundMe
This emergency fund is being established as an aid for workers in the hospitality industry, particularly the restaurant sector, in Boston, MA and surrounding communities who have seen a direct financial impact as a result of the current COVID-19 health crisis. 

Service Industry Tips MA
Every time you have a drink or meal at home during social distancing, consider tipping a local service industry worker through Venmo or Cash App. They randomly select a worker just for you. Please help them out with a tip!

Boston
Cape Cod
Martha's Vineyard
North Shore
South Shore
Western Mass
Worcester County

maine

Service Industry Tips ME
Every time you have a drink or meal at home during social distancing, consider tipping a local service industry worker through Venmo or Cash App. They randomly select a worker just for you. Please help them out with a tip!
Augusta
Belfast
Portland

New Hampshire

Seacoast GoFundMe

This fund is for emergency relief of as many restaurant workers as this fund will allow us to cover in the Kittery ME, and New Hampshire towns of Dover, Newington, Portsmouth, and Rye. They randomly select a worker just for you. Please help them out with a tip!

Service Industry Tips NH
Every time you have a drink or meal at home during social distancing, consider tipping a local service industry worker through Venmo or Cash App. They randomly select a worker just for you. Please help them out with a tip!
Keene
Lakes Region
Manchester
Nashua
Seacoast Region

rhode island

Service Industry Tips RI
Every time you have a drink or meal at home during social distancing, consider tipping a local service industry worker through Venmo or Cash App. They randomly select a worker just for you. Please help them out with a tip!
Newport
South Country

vermont

Please let us know if there are any Vermont-specific programs you'd like us to share!

national petitions


Save America’s Restaurants Petition
Petition imploring government leaders to engage with local industry leaders and restaurant associations immediately to come to a swift plan for how they can meaningfully give your local restaurants the best chance for survival.

Stop The Spread Petition
Petition demanding all food chains in America to adopt a paid sick leave measure in this time of health crisis at hand.

National Retail Federation Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

US 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.

NOTABLE DONATIONS MADE BY OUR SUPPLIER PARTNERS

Aviation Gin
Donated $15,000 to USBG and will be adding an additional 30% tip for every bottle delivered through May 1, 2020.

Bacardi
Family-owned spirits firm Bacardi has pledged an additional $3 million in financial aid to support bars and restaurants “debilitated” by the coronavirus shutdown. Some of the organizations include: Another Round, Another Rally; Core; The James Beard Foundation; and the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. 

Bacardi partners with PUNCH for “Tip Your Bartender” 
A social initiative connecting PUNCH readers directly to your favorite bartenders across the country via Instagram. Pull up a stool at their virtual bar as the nation’s top drink-makers offer up recipes live on their Instagram feed during a daily happy hour (5 p.m. EST). Tipping is encouraged, and goes directly to the featured bar team via Venmo. For every dollar tipped, Bacardi Limited has generously committed to matching it with an equal gift to Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. 

Brown-Forman
Brown-Forman Corporation announced a donation of $1 million to COVID-19 response funds supporting multiple locations and agencies as Brown-Forman assesses community and industry needs and identifies the best ways to support those impacted by COVID-19.

Beam Suntory and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits donate $1 Million to Support Impacted Bar and Restaurant Employees
Beam Suntory is also working with Horizon Beverage Group to provide donations to local organizations that will further help support the trade in our respective communities.

Campari America
Campari America and their family of brands are contributing $1M to Another Round Another Rally tip jar. #AnotherRoundAnotherRally

Constellation Brands
The beverage company is pledging more than $2.5 million for COVID-19-related relief efforts, including $1 million for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.

Distilled Spirits Council Member Companies Donate More Than $8.37 Million to U.S. Bartenders Guild Foundation Emergency Relief Fund and Other Charitable Organizations 
Our supplier partners participating in the donation initiative include: Agave Loco; Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory; Brown-Forman Corporation; Campari America; Constellation Brands, Inc.; Edrington; Mast-Jägermeister US; MGP Ingredients, Inc.
 
Fireball Whiskey
Please join Fireball in filling the World's #BiggestTipJar and give what you would usually tip while out and about. Fireball got it started with $100,000 and will match all contributions up to $400,000. All donations will go to tax exempt organizations that directly assist service industry members. Tip what you can and spread the word!

Ghost Tequila
Bartenders are always there and ready to serve you – now it’s our time to help them. Join the GHOST Cocktail Challenge! For every vote cast, GHOST will contribute $1 to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and will match donations through the GHOST Challenge GoFundMe page up to $10,000 in total. The ultimate GHOST Cocktail Challenge Champion will take home over $2,000 in cash, plus prizes! #SmallBusinessRelief

Hearts + Tales Beverage Co
A portion of all H+T's April sales will be donated to US Restaurant Workers Community Foundation Relief Fund. Thank you @blinkingowl @granderrum @biminigin and @roundturndistilling for your support!

Heaven Hill
Kentucky-based Heaven Hill Brands has donated US$400,000 to help communities and hospitality workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


Laird & Company #LairdsAppleAid PAID Bartender Competition
To assist bartenders around the world that are out-of-work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they designed a cocktail competition unlike any other. In addition to 20 winning cocktails that receive $500 each, they will pay $100 to any bartender to submit a video of themselves mixing up a Laird’s Applejack/Apple Brandy cocktail.

Levecke Corp and Rhum Clement partnered in We Create Anyway
The purpose of this contest is to inspire our community to create anyway in the times of crisis, and to support our hospitality industry friends in immediate need of financial assistance. Proceeds raised during the #WeCreateAnywayContest will be donated to Another Round Another Rally.

Maker's Mark
In partnership with The Lee Initiative and Chef Edward Lee, Maker's Mark has turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.  They're offering help for those in need of food and supplies.  Each night, hundreds of to-go meals are packed that people can come to pick up and take home. 

Molson Coors
Molson Coors Beverage Co. pledged $1 million to the United States Bartenders' Guild, a nonprofit that supports bartenders and other service industry professionals, millions of whom are out of work due to widespread closures precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOCA
It's time to serve those who have served us. All proceeds from The Quarantine Concert Series on Instagram Live will be donated to support those in the Boston hospitality industry. #Songs4Servers 

Patrón Donates $1 Million to Help the Restaurant Industry and Its Workers Amid Covid-19
The money will go to three non-profits that benefit the bar and restaurant industry: CORE, Another Round Another Rally, and The James Beard Foundation.

Santa Margherita USA donating $250,000 to local and national non-profit organizations serving those that need it most during this difficult time
Thess donation will go to non-profit organizations that are established in the marketplace and have full transparency as to where these dollars will be working to ensure as big of an impact as possible. In addition, Santa Margherita launched #UncorkYourExtraordinary social campaign where the first part of this campaign will support a $75,000 donation to Meals on Wheels of America, which servicesover 5,000 communities-based programs that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. [Second part of campaign forthcoming]

Zamora Company 
Licor 43 producer Zamora Company will donate €400,000 (US$432,000) to support disadvantaged groups in Spain who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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