The hospitality industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and is working to get back on its feet. We stand in solidarity with restaurant workers and business owners as they struggle to weather this crisis.

 

Whether you’d like to donate, are seeking assistance, or want ideas on how to help your local restaurant community, these resources are here for you. Please join us in supporting our friends in the restaurant industry—because wine and hospitality are stronger together. 

 

As we all adapt to current business conditions, these organizations will too. This list will continue to evolve as the movement to help restaurants does as well.

Organizations

These organizations (listed alphabetically below) are committed to helping individuals and businesses in the hospitality industry. Donate to these causes, or apply for assistance.

CORE

This national nonprofit provides financial support to restaurant workers with children who have been, or live with someone who has been, diagnosed with COVID-19.

Frontline Foods

This organization employs local restaurants to provide frontline workers across the country with meals.

The James Beard Foundation “Open for Good”

The foundation is helping the restaurant industry rebuild through advocacy and educational resources, including financial support for independent businesses attempting to safely reopen.

The LEE Initiative

After launching a relief program for restaurant workers in March, the LEE Initiative is now focusing on rebuilding the restaurant supply chain by purchasing ingredients for restaurants from sustainable farmers in 16 regions across the U.S.

Off Their Plate

By serving meals to food-insecure healthcare staff and their families, this organization also provides revenue streams to restaurant businesses.

One Fair Wage

This advocacy organization’s relief fund is offering financial assistance to tip-supported and sub minimum-wage workers.

Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR)

This organization is raising funds to provide financial assistance to impacted NYC restaurant workers.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF)

Through individual grants of $500, this organization is assisting restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation

A foundation committed to advocacy for restaurant workers, RWCF is directing funds to individual restaurant workers in crisis, zero-interest loans for restaurants, and nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers.

SOBEWFF Hospitality Industry Relief Fund

Independently owned restaurants and bars impacted by COVID-19 may apply for financial assistance to provide wages to staff members.

Southern Smoke

This food and beverage industry crisis-relief organization distributes emergency funds to hospitality workers in need.

United Sommeliers Foundation

Founded during the COVID-19 crisis, this foundation provides financial assistance to sommeliers in need.

United States Bartenders Guild Foundation

The USBG offers financial assistance to bartenders in need through their Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.

World Central Kitchen

Led by chef José Andrés, this organization is providing meals for communities in need while working directly with restaurants to get businesses and individuals back to work.

Community Action Ideas

Even small actions can help the restaurant industry recover, especially in your local community. Each of these ideas can make a huge difference.

Order take-out or delivery directly from restaurants.
When you order food directly rather than through third-party apps or websites, restaurants avoid paying hefty commission fees.

Purchase merchandise or gift cards from restaurants. 
Help your favorite restaurant drive revenue and pick up something cool at the same time!

Share your local restaurants’ stories on Local for Later.
The website promotes small businesses by collecting their stories and encouraging visitors to purchase gift cards.

Donate to a local restaurant’s employee relief fund or tip jar.
As restaurant workers remain out of work, many businesses have started
virtual tip jars to help them get by until reopening is permitted.

Respect local health and safety guidelines.
As restaurants reopen for indoor or outdoor dining, things will look a little different. Understand regulations around social distancing, wearing masks and hand-washing before returning to your favorite spot.

Be generous with tips.
Restaurant workers are putting in more effort to make sure dining is safe for customers, even as capacity mandates allow them to serve fewer tables. Show your appreciation by tipping generously.