Resources to Help Restaurant Owners and Workers During COVID-19

Bob Gibson Bob Gibson Jolt Chief Revenue Officer

            Workers in the restaurant industry make up around 8% of the United State’s workforce.

They are also one of the highest concentrations of workers earning at or below minimum wage with earnings far below the national average.

Because of COVID-19 quarantines, the restaurant industry is also one of the most affected with the National Restaurant Association estimating the industry sales will decline by $225 billion during the next three months.

Although this is deeply concerning, there is hope and there is help!

Below is a list of organizations helping out restaurants during COVID-19, click to jump to the section that fits you best:

  1. Resources for restaurant owners    
  2. Resources for restaurant workers   
  3. How to help restaurants 
  4. Updated Government Information & Additional Links 

 

Help for Restaurants 

National Governors Association

State and local governments are adding COVID-19 relief programs every day.

For up-to-date information about your area, the National Governors Association offers a directory of local governments websites and information.

Support Restaurant's Dining Bond

This dining bond works like a savings bond that can help restaurants who are in serious risk of shutting down.

The bond is set up by a group of restaurant industry professionals to help get funds into the hands of restaurant owners now, even if they are temporarily closed.

These bonds are purchased to give restaurants the much needed revenue now and can be redeemed later at face value. 

Small Business Administration’s Loan Program 

The Small Business Administration helps by providing capital loans to help offset the temporary loss of revenue during disasters.

President Trump announced that the SBA will be extending low-cost capital to small business owners due to COVID-19 through the CARES act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security). This is the largest economic relief package is U.S. history and helps owners with loans and loan forgiveness and workers with unemployment and direct payments

 

Help Restaurant Workers Affected by Loss of Hours or Job

Another Round, Another Rally Fund 

Another Round, Another Rally is a non-profit that provides scholarship and tuition reimbursement to the underrepresented people in the community.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, they are offering $500 grants to any workers that lost their job or had their hours cut due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Lift Your Spirits Fund

This is a social challenge to send where people submit videos of them making their favorite cocktail and post it to social media with the hashtag #liftyourspirits.

Then send a donation or a “tip” and challenge your friends to do the same.

All proceeds go to the National Restaurant Association Education Foundations (NRAEF) that takes all of tips and donates them to restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19.

To apply for this grant, click here for more information.

 

One Fair Wage (OFW) Emergency Fund 

OFW helps service workers who are struggling with the coronavirus crisis. They support by providing free cash gifts and assistance.

They aim to help support the workers with hours that have been cut or those who are unable to work due to the quarantine.

 

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF) Crisis Relief Fund

RWCF’s full focus has shifted to helping workers and small business owners during the COVID-19 outbreak.

They provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll and help them reopen once everything has passed.

They help workers with a relief fund for families facing economic hardships or health crises as a result of COVID-19.

Click here for a list of comprehensive additional programs from new sick leave laws to financial assistance.

 

Rent Assistance

RentAssistance helps you search by zip code to find programs in your area for rental assistance during emergencies such as loss of job due to COVID-19.

They pair you up with a variety of government, non-profits, and charities to help workers stay in their homes.

 

United Way 

United Way has a COVID-19 relief fund and encourages those who are unable to pay critical bills or get access to essential services to reach out.

 

USBG Bartender Emergency Fund

USBG, a national charity foundation that works primarily with bartenders, has an emergency assistance program to help bartenders or the spouses of bartenders that have experienced a catastrophic event or emergency, COVID-19 included.

Click here for the application.

 

Want to support your local restaurants? Here’s how to help

Change.org’s Save America’s Restaurants Petition

Help sign the petition to put your support behind the chefs, bartenders, and restaurant owners who need help now, by imploring the government to come up with a plan to better help the restaurants during COVID-19.

 

Lift Your Spirits Fund

This is a social challenge to send a video of yourself making your favorite cocktail and post it to social media with the hashtag #liftyourspirits.

Then send a donation or a “tip” and challenge your friends to do the same.

All proceeds go to the National Restaurant Association Education Foundations (NRAEF) that takes all of “tips” and donates them to restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19.

 

Rally for Restaurants 

Rally for restaurants is help for your favorite local restaurants now when they need it most. You can search for your favorite restaurant by city, and if available, can order takeout or buy a gift card from them. You can also tag #rallyforrestaurants to help spread the word.

 

Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation (RCWF) COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

This gives you the opportunity to donate directly to the restaurant community.

All donations will be split up as follows: 50% will go to restaurant workers, 25% to non-profits serving restaurant workers, and 25% will go into zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.

 

United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund

United Way helps those who are most vulnerable by providing access to food, shelter, support, and information.

This fund helps communities around the U.S. who are most impacted by COVID-19.

 

COVID-19:  Official Government Information & Additional Links 

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

What you should know:

Situation Updates:

Information for Businesses:

 

 

Get the best tips and advice delivered to your inbox weekly.