Relief Funds Raising Money to Help Restaurant Employees

Nonprofit organizations across the country are accepting donations to support restaurant employees impact by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Restaurants across the U.S. have been forced to close their doors in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, leaving thousands of people out of work and in need of help. In this fearful and uncertain time, there is a variety of ways that patrons can support the people at the heart of the restaurant industry — buying gift cards from your favorite restaurants, ordering take-out or delivery, donating to GoFundMe campaigns.

There are also a number of charitable organizations that are currently raising large sums of money to help support both individuals and businesses who have been hit hard by this pandemic. We’ve compiled a list of some of the larger organizations that are raising money and offering assistance to those in need of help. 

National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Employees Relief Fund (RERF)

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has launched its Restaurant Employees Relief Fund, which will make grants to industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. To learn more about the fund, click here.

To apply for assistance, click here.

To make a donation, click here.

Another Round, Another Rally

This nonprofit financial resource for the hospitality industry is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours cut because of the pandemic. 

To apply for relief assistance, click here.

United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) Foundation

The USBG Emergency Assistance Program is raising money for bartenders who are out of work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. To learn more about the campaign, make a donation, or apply for assistance, click here.

One Fair Wage — Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund

The One Fair Wage campaign is a non-profit that advocates against sub-minimum-wage laws for tipped service industry workers. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, they have launched the OFW Emergency Fund, which has raised more than $400,000 to date. This money will provide cash assistance to tipped restaurant workers, delivery drivers, personal service workers, and others affected by the pandemic and the economic downturn. 

To apply for assistance, click here.

To make a donation, click here

CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees

CORE is dedicated to helping restaurant employees with children, who are faced with life-altering circumstances that affect their ability to make a living. In light of the pandemic, CORE is raising money to provide help to food and beverage service employees, with children, who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19. 

If you are a food or beverage service employee who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, apply here. Documentation is required.

To make a donation, click here.

James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

The James Beard Foundation has launched an emergency relief fund gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need during this crisis. For more information about the fund, click here.

To make a donation, click here.

Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund

Founded by Houston chef Chris Shepherd, the Southern Smoke Foundation provides funds to support members of the food and beverage community who may be in need. The foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund is currently raising money for workers who have been impacted by COVID-19. 

To apply for financial assistance, click here.

To make a donation, click here.

Golden Rule Charity

The Golden Rule Charity organization was founded to provide help to restaurant employees faced with unexpected hardship. They are currently raising money for restaurant workers who have been hit by the economic downturn from COVID-19. 

To apply for assistance, click here.

To make a donation, click here.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United

ROC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the nation’s restaurant workforce. They have set up a disaster relief fund to provide help to restaurant employees hurt by the COVID-19 crisis. They have also compiled national, state and local relief resources for those in need.

To apply for financial assistance, click here.

To make a donation to the disaster relief fund, click here.

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation (RWCF)

RWCF advocates for a variety of labor issues in the restaurant industry. The organization has established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which will provide assistance to restaurant workers directly impacted by the crisis. The fund will also provide zero-interest loans to restaurant businesses.

To apply for assistance, use the Southern Smoke Foundation’s application form, here.

To make a donation, click here.

Modest Needs

Modest Needs is a charitable organization that allows you to make emergency donations to workers who are at risk of slipping into poverty. To learn more, make a donation, or apply for assistance, click here.

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