COVID

Because of the overall affects of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, all of us in the restaurant industry are struggling right now. Let me correct that: everyone in our country and the world is struggling right now. We are grasping at straws trying to figure out how to apply for unemployment or grants or some other type of financial relief as our bills keep coming in but our incomes have dried up like honey mustard on an unwashed apron.

Since this page serves the restaurant industry, I wanted to compile a list of various relief organizations that have popped up in my newsfeed and emails that specifically target the service industry. I won’t be posting any petitions to sign because there are just so many of those and, really, what do those do right now? Most of the information about each organization/website was taken directly from their websites. I will add to this as needed. Please share this page with your friends and co-workers.

RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE RELIEF FUND

Guy Fieri has teamed up with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to launch the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. The campaign associated with the fund will raise money to give one-time $500 grants to impacted workers as soon as April. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

SOUTHERN SMOKE

Southern Smoke is a nonprofit 501c3 charitable foundation. Their Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance. They stand with those in our community and are committed to “taking care of our own.” CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

USBG NATIONAL CHARITY ORGANIZATION

The USBG National Charity Foundation was sparked into being when a United States Bartenders’ Guild member dared to ask “how do I get out of this industry alive, with my health, a little money, and my sanity intact?” Shaken by this candid outlook on the industry, they committed the Foundation’s mission to advance the lifelong stability & wellbeing of service industry professionals through education & charitable activities. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

BAR MAGIC

This website is a great resource updated multiple times a day that allows you to search by state to see where you might find help. CLICK HERE.

SERVICE INDUSTRY TIPS

This is a website set up for servers and bartenders to add their name to a social registry so that people can randomly send a you a virtual tip via Venmo or Cash App. (Full disclosure: I have heard that there are people who are adding their names to this list who are not actually in the service industry.) CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR NAME.

CORE GIVES

Since 2004, CORE has raised more than $6 million and granted support to more than 700 families from across the industry and the country. Contributions from our COREporate Members and individual donors allow CORE to provide grants that keep families safe, healthy, and happy. MORE INFO.

ANOTHER ROUD, ANOTHER RALLY

Another Round, Another Rally is a nonprofit financial resource for the hospitality industry. We provide reimbursement grants and immersive educational scholarships to further the education of underrepresented voices in the community, and supply emergency assistance to those employed in restaurants, bars, and hotels who have fallen on unexpected hardship. MORE INFO.

ONE FAIR WAGE

They are providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. APPLY HERE.