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The Lee Initiative

The Restaurant Workers Relief Program was started by Chef Edward Lee to provide food, funds and supplies to out-of-work restaurant workers across the country in collaboration with Alon Shayla, Maker’s Mark and more.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

The NRAEF in collaboration with Guy Fieri and others launched Restaurant Relief America where restaurant workers can apply for a one-time $500 check to use toward daily expenses (groceries, medical bills, etc.) and a grant by the NRAEF.

One Fair Wage

The nonprofit that advocates against sub-minimum wage for restaurant workers started the OFW Emergency Fund that will provide immediate cash assistance to restaurant employees, delivery drivers and others who are tipped in the industry.

Restaurant Opportunity Centers United

The ROC Disaster Relief Fund has a goal of raising $500,000 to help both documented and undocumented restaurant workers during the crisis.

Another Round, Another Rally

The group is distributing $500 grants to those who have lost their jobs or hours due to the pandemic and they are currently accepting donations to their fund.

Restaurant Strong Fund

Originally started in Sam Adams’ home state of Massachusetts, the fund expanded on April 3 to include 19 states where they are offering grants. Applications close April 30.

Go Tip Em

This virtual “tip jar” allows people to give tips in either $1, $2 or $5 to their favorite bartenders across the country through a list on the company website.


CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees fund helps food and beverage employees with children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have had a family member diagnosed.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

The Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund is distributing money to organizations helping those on the ground, providing zero-interest loans to businesses and providing funds for individual workers facing economic hardships because of the crisis.

James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Relief Fund is distributing micro-grants to independent businesses.


Behind You Emergency Fund

Help Camberville Hospitality Workers

Relief for Our Friends in Hospitality

Emergency Funds for Boston Area Service Workers