Starbucks launches $10M global employee relief fund

The money will provide emergency grants to store workers who’ve suffered hardships related to the coronavirus.
Photograph courtesy of Starbucks

Starbucks on Wednesday launched a $10 million global relief fund to support employees “facing extreme hardship” because of the coronavirus.

The Starbucks Global Partner Emergency Relief Fund provides one-time grants to workers at both company-operated and international licensed units.

The money will go to support funds in the U.S. and Europe and will create a system for international Starbucks operations to set up their own funds, with the Seattle-based company making an initial contribution.

Grants can be used to help with housing and utilities, sudden loss of housing, death of a family member, funeral expenses and other emergencies.

“As we navigate this global crisis, we never lose sight of the well-being of our [employees],” Lucy Helm, chief partner officer for Starbucks, said in a statement. “During this very difficult time, we believe it is our responsibility to create additional support of [employees] facing unexpected financial hardship wherever they are.”

Last month, Starbucks said it would pay workers an additional $3 an hour through April 19.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.


Exclusive Content


Restaurants bring the industry's concerns to Congress

Neary 600 operators made their case to lawmakers as part of the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference.


Podcast transcript: Virtual Dining Brands co-founder Robbie Earl

A Deeper Dive: What is the future of digital-only concepts? Earl discusses their work to ensure quality and why focusing on restaurant delivery works.


In the fast-casual sector, Chipotle laps Panera Bread

The Bottom Line: The two fast-casual restaurant pioneers have diverged over the past five years, as the burrito chain has thrived while Panera hit a wall. Here's why.


More from our partners