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