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How to Help

The restaurant industry has been devastated by the effects of the COVID-19. Many restaurants have been forced to close or reduce their operations with many restaurant industry workers losing their jobs.  In the Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia - DMV area, it has been reported that a majority of restaurant employees are out of work.

Here are some efforts underway to help those in the restaurant industry impacted by COVID-19.

"The purpose of the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund (the “Fund”) is to provide critical financial assistance to small, independent restaurants that, due to the COVID - 19 (Coronavirus) national disaster, have an immediate need for funds to pay set operating expenses and keep from going out of business. Our goal is to do our part along with federal, state, and local governments to provide for workers, sustain local business, reduce the financial impact on communities, and otherwise mitigate the severe economic consequences of this global pandemic."

"The majority of the culinary community businesses we work with and support each year are small or medium size businesses with less than 100 employees who play an essential role in the communities they serve. To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation launched a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need."

"Support those from America's restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures."

"The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (“Fund”) was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. 

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"Buy a gift card now, use it later and provide your favorite businesses with much needed resources to manage through this challenging time."

"In partnership with @makersmark and @leeinitiative @chefedwardlee we have turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.  We are offering help for those in need of food and supplies.  Each night, we will pack hundreds of to-go meals that people can come to pick up and take home."

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