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Coping with Covid: Resources for Restaurant Workers


We are all in this together as citizens of our global and local community. It is clear that we need to do our part to help “flatten the curve” and contain the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. It is with heavy hearts that many owners all over the nation will make the decision to close their dining rooms until further notice.  

The restaurant industry was booming with thriving concepts popping up in multiple locations, the rise of celebrity chefs and the loyal fandom that followed every bite. Employing over 16 million workers nationwide, service workers represent over 10% of the American workforce. This means that millions of people will be without employment, paychecks, and benefits until further notice. 

Here are resources that will help with financial assistance, keeping food on your table, and (hopefully) some assurance that everything will be alright.



Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: Crisis Relief Fund


Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Grubhub Community Relief Fund

The One Fair Wage Campaign


United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund

Small Business Administration financial help and resources

Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry Petition


Immigrant Rising: Committed to serving undocumented communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

Unite Here!

LeeInitiative: Restaurant Workers Relief Program

Food Finder



Off the Menu Los Angeles Restaurant Relief Fund



California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

East Oakland DREAMers: Supports migrant workers in the Bay Area

Telegraph Baptist Center (5316 Telegraph Ave, Oakland): Offering free food every Wednesday evening 5:30-7:30p; bring your own bags


Bay Area COVID-19 Mass Resource ListAvailable in Spanish, also.

  • Oakland: During the COVID-19 closure, the OUSD Nutrition Services Department will open twelve schools throughout the city where “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available for all OUSD students or families and any Oakland child under 18. To ensure the least amount of contact, students do not need to be present to pick up food. The sites listed below will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Multiple days worth of food can be picked up to take home.
    Sankofa Elementary, West Oakland Middle School and Hoover Elementary, Oakland High School and Garfield Elementary
    Bret Harte Middle School, Life Academy/United for Success, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Madison Park Upper, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School and Elmhurst United Middle School)



Stock MFG X Leisure Activities Proceeds of T-shirt sales go towards the hourly workers in the hospitality industry.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United



Operation Family Meal

Angel Relief Fund by the Colorado Restaurant Association

Colorado Family Meal

Keep Calm and Carry Out

Food Bank of The Rockies

Denver Food Pantries

Care and Share: Food Bank for Southern Colorado

Colorado Restaurant Association – Job Board in light of COVID-19

Denver Restaurant Relief Package



The Giving Kitchen

United Way Atlanta

Another Round Another Rally

Lift Your Spirits

Go Tip ‘Em Virtual Tip Jar for Restaurant Workers

CORE Children of Restaurant Employees

Resources For Owners/Operators

Atlanta Community Food Bank


New Orleans

New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund

Greater New Orleans Foundation Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program

South Louisiana Food Banks (Second Harvest)


Louisiana Restaurant Association Resources

Louisana Restaurant Association: RAPID RESPONSE PROGRAM


New York

Service Workers Coalition: Email serviceworkerscoalition@gmail.com for assistance 

Rethink + Restaurant Response Program


Women in Hospitality

Restaurant Worker Solidarity NYC

Restaurant Employee Support

Buffalo COVID-19 Solidarity Relief Fund

New York State Restaurant Association



Family Meal PDX

Portland Virtual Tip Jar

Portland Coronavirus Mutual Aid Fund

Team Portland Proceeds of tote bag purchases go toward Family Meal PDX

Portland Community SOS

Portland Independent Restaurant Alliance

Prosper Portland

Alexis Foods

Through the month of March, Alexis Foods will be opening their doors to service industry workers from 9AM-12PM (Monday-Friday), to purchase food at wholesale pricing while supplies last. Warehouse number (503) 445-4580.

Laughing Planet

From now until further notice Laughing Planet will be providing a free kids meal to kids who qualify for Meal Assistance Programs.



Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund

Big Table

Shift Dallas

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market

Seattle Restaurant Workers Coronavirus Rent Fund

Washington State unemployment, rent, mortgage, credit, bill assistance

United Way of King County Unemployment Help

Pike Place Market Foundation

Small Business Stabilization Fund

COVID-19 – Relief Fund for Undocumented People



Southern Smoke Foundation

Texas Restaurant Relief Fund 

Texas Workforce Commission

Austin Virtual Tip Jar

Everybody Eats/ DFWeats

The Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Furlough Kitchennot-for-profit serving daily free meals to out-of-work hospitality workers who were furloughed as a result of the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. 

Houston Shift Meal

Culinaria Emergency Relief Fund


Washington DC

Hook Hall Helps

Chef David Guas + Real Food for Kids

DC Virtual Tip Jar


Please send us any sources that we missed at Hello@poachedjobs.com, as we will be updating you all as frequently as we find them.

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca Gill began her love affair with restaurants at the ripe age of 16. Her dedication and hard work have directed her towards the administrative side of operations, where she helped train and educate team members. When not working, she enjoys cooking + eating, exploring, and cuddling her dog, Louie.

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