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Coping with Covid: Resources for Restaurant Workers

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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.

 

National

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: Crisis Relief Fund

CoreGives

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Grubhub Community Relief Fund

The One Fair Wage Campaign

FEMA

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund

Small Business Administration financial help and resources

Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry Petition

 

Georgia

The Giving Kitchen

 

New York

Service Workers Coalition

Email serviceworkerscoalition@gmail.com for assistance 

Rethink + Restaurant Response Program

COVID-19 Food HUB

Women in Hospitality

 

Washington DC

Hook Hall Helps

Chef David Guas + Real Food for Kids

 

Portland, OR

Family Meal PDX

Portland Virtual Tip Jar

Portland Coronavirus Mutual Aid Fund

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.

 

New Orleans

New Orleans Business Alliance Relief Fund

 

Texas

Southern Smoke Foundation

 

Seattle

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

 

Charlottesville

C’Ville Restaurant Community Fund

 

Chicago

Stock MFG X Leisure Activities

Proceeds of T-shirt sales go towards the hourly workers in the hospitality industry.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

 

Please send us any sources that we missed, 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 has 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 with her dog, Indiana.

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