With the COVID-19 outbreak resulting in sweeping restaurant and bar closures in Washington, Ohio, Illinois, California, New York and across the United States, the USBG National Charity Foundation has established an emergency relief fund to help bartenders who are facing unprecedented challenges. Applicants do not have to be a USBG member to apply for the grants, but they do need to be a bartender experiencing emergency hardship. The USBG is currently collecting donations on its website. To donate, click here, and if you are a bartender seeking assistance, click here.
The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation is also creating a Restaurant Workers’ COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund as well as a Resource Page to provide information on how to receive assistance or to find ways to assist others affected by this crisis.
In Atlanta, Giving Kitchen, will provide emergency assistance to foodservice workers in Georgia who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or those who are under doctor’s orders for a mandatory quarantine. They’ve also created a Stability Network that provides other resources to foodservice workers regarding COVID-19.
In Washington, DC, Hook Hall has created Hook Hall Helps to support restaurant and foodservice workers who need assistance with supplies, community support, meals, and more. You can donate to their Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund through the the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Educated Eats program.
In Texas, the Southern Smoke Foundation manages an Emergency Relief Fund for people in the food and beverage industry in crisis.
In Seattle, a Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund has been created on GoFundMe to help workers whose hours have been curtailed because of this crisis and who are not being otherwise compensated. You can donate to the fund or apply for assistance by clicking here.
In Louisville, chef Edward Lee has partnered with Maker’s Mark to transform his restaurant 610 Magnolia into a relief center for restaurant workers who have been laid off and are in need. Starting on March 17, they will be offering food and supplies, including to-go dinners, diapers, wipes, baby food, canned food, cereal, toilet paper, and Tylenol. To support these efforts, donate at LEEInitiative.org. All donations received in March and April will go directly to restaurant workers relief efforts.
In Portland, Oregon, Family Meal is providing financial assistance to Oregon foodservice and agricultural workers experiencing a medical debt crisis as a result of COVID-19. If you have tested positive for the virus, or you are quarantined and unable to work, you can apply for a grant by clicking here.
Many workers may also qualify for unemployment benefits, so be sure to check with your area unemployment office. Here’s a link to state-by-state information.