25 Mar Your Local Restaurant Needs Your Support – Find Out How You Can Help
In uncertain times, it’s good to have a friend in the business. That’s why our team of industry veterans are putting together this series of tips, resources, and advice from around the restaurant world. It’s Cheetah’s mission to help you make it through the current COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Follow along as we try to keep up with ongoing developments
As the restaurant and foodservice industry is facing its darkest hour following the spread of COVID-19, organizations all over the nation are working to offer immediate, organized relief for the hospitality community. Here’s what you can do to help:
Donate to The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
The James Beard Foundation is working to bring swift economic relief to the food and beverage community. In association with Patron Tequila, Oatly Oat Milk, and White Claw, the fund accepts support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to restaurants and foodservice businesses across the nation.
-> Restaurant Owners: Apply for a Grant Here.
-> Donate to the Fund or Learn More Here
Sign The National Restaurant Association
Petition to Congress
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has put together a restaurant recovery plan that provides direct and targeted relief to all restaurants and foodservice businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to the President and congressional leaders sent last Wednesday, the NRA urges Trump and Congress to take action fast to save what’s left of the restaurant industry. They proposed three separate categories of protection for industry restaurants and employees:
- Directed/targeted financial relief
- Loans/insurance options for impacted small businesses
- Tax measures
This grassroots mobilization effort is meant to offer direct relief, community grants, loans and business interruption insurance, lost revenue coverage, unemployment assistance for workers, tax breaks and more to those who need it most.
To read the full letter click here.
The organizers need your help to ensure these efforts have a meaningful impact. Contact your local representative and show your support by signing your name, telling your story and spreading the word.
-> Sign the petition to show your support of the restaurant industry
Join The Independent Restaurant Coalition
The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) is advancing the belief that communities have the power to affect legislative change and help save local restaurants affected by COVID-19. The national movement is welcoming people to get involved, tell their story and speak directly to lawmakers about the fate of the restaurant industry.
-> Learn More and Join the Coalition
Other Ways You Can Help
Countless relief funds, communities and foundations are popping up all over the county, all determined to do whatever’s necessary to help the foodservice industry get through this crisis.
- The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation has started a COVID-19 crisis relief fund.
Learn more here.
- The Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) and the California Restaurant Association are both collecting donations for workers and their family members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Donate to CORE here. Donate to the CRA here.
- The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is an emergency assistance program that offers grants to bartenders and their families.
- One Fair Wage is offering cash assistance to tipped and service workers.