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.
Immigrant Rising: Committed to serving undocumented communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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
RELIEF FUNDS FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS IN CALIFORNIA: ALIVIO FINANCIERO PARA TRABAJADORES INDOCUMENTADOS DE CALIFORNIA
Bay Area COVID-19 Mass Resource List: Available 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.
Angel Relief Fund by the Colorado Restaurant Association
Go Tip ‘Em Virtual Tip Jar for Restaurant Workers
CORE Children of Restaurant Employees
Service Workers Coalition: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
Team Portland Proceeds of tote bag purchases go toward Family Meal PDX
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.
From now until further notice Laughing Planet will be providing a free kids meal to kids who qualify for Meal Assistance Programs.
Furlough Kitchen: not-for-profit serving daily free meals to out-of-work hospitality workers who were furloughed as a result of the 2020 Covid-19 crisis.
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.