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A state-by-state guide to COVID-19 resources for the food and beverage industries

The availability of resources to help professionals in the food and beverage industry varies state by state. To help make sense of all the information out there, we’ve collected important advice, tips and guidelines and compiled them in one handy guide, organized by state, which we will revise as more information becomes available to us. Please feel free to reach out to group administrators with any updated information or additions to the list.

National Resources 

National Direct Financial Assistance 

Another Round, Another Rally Fund 

We’re offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re also collecting donations from community members willing to help their hospitality-industry friends and neighbors stay afloat in this time of uncertainty. To apply for a grant or make a donation, use the links below. 

Lift Your Spirits Fund 

Make a video in which you mix your favorite drink, say a toast to those affected in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry, and post it to your social media accounts using #LiftYourSpirits. The last step is to challenge your friends to do the same and to send a gift to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) that turns a tip into a donation for restaurant, foodservice and hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis! 

USBG Emergency Fund 

Bartender emergency assistance program available to all bartenders or the spouse or child of a bartender. 

RWCF Crisis Relief Fund 

A crisis relief fund to direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community, to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or reopen once this crisis has passed, and to establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19. 

OFW Emergency Fund 

Providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers who are seeing their income decline during this disaster, or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns. 

CORE Gives 

CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances. 

Rent Assistance 

RentAssistance provides a directory of rental assistance agencies and organizations that will help you pay your rent. Some listings are government organizations other are non-profits and charities that offer rental assistance programs. 

Dining Bonds Initiative 

Go Tip ‘Em! 

 

National Organizing & Support 

Stop The Spread Petition 

Petition demanding all food chains in America to adopt a paid sick-leave measure in this time of health crisis. 

Save America’s Restaurants Petition 

Petition imploring government leaders to engage with local industry leaders and restaurant associations immediately to come to a swift plan for how they can meaningfully give your local restaurants the best chance for survival. 

IHOP & Applebee's 

IHOP & Applebee’s Paid Sick Days Petition 

Petition demanding that workers at Applebee’s deserve paid sick days, especially with the rapid spreading of the coronavirus. 

Email Applebee’s 

Tens of thousands of Applebee’s and IHOP workers around the country face financial ruin in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and response. Demand that Applebee’s expand their paid sick leave to all their workers. 

Applebee’s Emergency Support FB Group 

IHOP Emergency Support FB Group 

Denny's 

Denny’s Paid Sick Days Petition 

Petition demanding that workers at Denny’s deserve paid sick days, especially with the rapid spreading of the coronavirus. 

Denny’s Emergency Support FB Group 

Chili's 

Chili’s Emergency Support FB Group 

Chili’s Paid Sick Days Petition 

Petition demanding that workers at Chili’s deserve paid sick days, especially with the rapid spreading of the coronavirus. 

Chili’s Virtual Tip Jar Application 

Chili’s Virtual Tip Jar Viewing Page 

 

National Small Business Resources 

How to Apply for the Coronavirus Business Loan 

Small business owners looking for financial aid and relief due to the economic effects of the current coronavirus outbreak may want to apply for a business loan through the Small Business Administration’s loan program. 

 

Resources by State 

Alabama

Alaska 

Arizona 

Arkansas 

California 

  • Los Angeles GoFundMe 

    • Off the Menu wants to support our local small-business restaurant partners and we are raising money to donate to them during this difficult time. All funds will go toward helping restaurants pay their employees wages. All money donated will be split evenly among the restaurants. No contribution is too small. 

  • COVID-19 Unemployment and Paid Family Leave 

    • Unemployment and paid family leave resources for California workers

  • LA Food Bank Finder 

    • A tool to help locate food banks near you in the Los Angeles area 

  • San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Finder 

    • A tool to help locate food banks near you in the San Francisco-Marin area 

  • Bay Area Comprehensive List by ACCRE 

    • COVID-19 resource list initiated by Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE): Bay Area-focused. 

  • Open Restaurants To-Go 

    • Use this aggregator to find what restaurants in the San Francisco area are open for takeout, curbside pickup or delivery during the lockdown of San Francisco’s restaurants and bars during COVID-19. 

  • Bay Area Resources List 

    • List of general resources for those who live in the Bay Area

  • KQED Freelancers Fund 

    • A list of mutual aid funds that distribute emergency grants to artists, creative professionals and freelancers facing financial hardships

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Delaware 

Florida 

Georgia 

Hawaii 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association: Daily COVID updates  

  • Massachusetts Department of Labor: COVID-19 update on unemployment  

  • Cambridge Virtual Tip Jar: The city of Cambridge has ordered all bars, restaurants and other nonessential businesses to shutter. Many of our friends and neighbors depend on tips to make ends meet. This virtual tip jar is for local service industry staff, such as employees at bars, restaurants, salons, etc., to post their Venmo or PayPal information so that customers, neighbors and Cambridge community members can continue to support them. 

  • Lowell GoFundMe: This fund will be used exclusively to support the individual kitchen staff, bartenders and servers out of work from downtown Lowell’s bar/restaurants. 

  • Boston GoFundMe: This emergency fund is being established as an aid for workers in the hospitality industry, particularly the restaurant sector in Boston and surrounding communities that have seen a direct financial impact as a result of the current COVID-19 health crisis.  

  • Governor Baker: Suspend Rent, Mortgage & Utility Payments Petition: In order to protect the health and housing security of our community, we call on Gov. Baker to suspend all rent, mortgage and utility payments for two full months to allow people to do what they need to in order to take care of themselves, their loved ones and the community. 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New York 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Rhode Island 

South Carolina  

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

  • Tennessee Hospitality Association

  • Tennessee Action for Hospitality: A coalition of independent restaurant owners, hourly workers and chefs working together to connect Tennessee hospitality workers as a united front to expedite the protection, relief and welfare of and for hospitality workers at a local, state and federal level. 

Texas  

Utah 

Vermont 

Virginia 

Washington 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 

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