These Funds Are Helping Restaurant Or Food Service Workers Impacted By COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact many people’s work and life, many industries like restaurants and hospitality businesses are being hit hard. Several measures to stop the spread of the virus are being implemented including social distancing.

This measure limits restaurants to carry-out or delivery services only and forcing restaurant owners to furlough or lay off workers in a desperate attempt to save their businesses. 

Good thing, many charities and organizations are stepping up to offer financial aid and assistance to the growing number of unemployed workers. Here are a number of available resources; we’ll continue to add to this list. 

  • National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation – Subject to the availability of funds, employees may get a one time $500 grant to be used for rent, utility bills, child care, groceries or medical bills. Apply for Aid.
  • South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association – Current funding has been used already but they are hoping to open the window for applications again.
  • James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund – Currently launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. They are not accepting applications for relief yet, you can submit your information here and be updated.
  • Restaurant Strong Fund – Boston Beer Company and the Greg Hill Foundation kickstart the effort, which provides $1,000 grants to eligible hospitality industry workers in 20 states including South Carolina. Click here to see the qualification for the grant.
  • United States Bartenders Guild Charity Foundation – This foundation is handing out $150 — $500 grants to bartenders, bar-backs, and bar servers.

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