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Here is a list of relief funds for restaurant workers amid the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

Where restaurant workers can get financial help during the coronavirus crisis

Relief funds for industry employees that have been laid-off, furloughed or had hours reduced, organized by city and state

Foodservice workers across the country have been laid off in record numbers. In the past two weeks, 10 million people in the U.S. have applied for unemployment benefits, including many in the food services industry.

Yum Brands has closed 7,000 restaurants globally. Cheesecake Factory has furloughed 41,000 workers. Union Square Hospitality Group laid off 80% of its workers. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants furloughed 4,500 employees.

In an effort to offer support the wave of restaurant industry workers left suddenly without income, hospitality organizations, celebrities and suppliers have launched hundreds of funds to offer some relief.

Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality will update this list as more entries are submitted to us, but we have worked to only include organizations that are offering support to a broad audience, not just their own workers.

Many employers have launched funds for their own workers, which can be found at the company websites.

One note for gofundme campaigns listed here: There are credit card transaction fees, so the website asks users to donate additional money to cover those fees.

If you know of a relief fund not listed below, please send them to [email protected].


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.

State or city specific:


California Restaurant Association Foundation’s Restaurant Care

United Hospitality and Dean Carras


Comp Tab Relief Fund

Chicago Hospitality United


Behind You Emergency Fund

Help Camberville Hospitality Workers

Relief for Our Friends in Hospitality

Emergency Funds for Boston Area Service Workers


Missouri Restaurant Association Workers Benefit Fund

St. Louis Hospitality Staff Members

North Carolina:

NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund


Greater Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Mutual Aid


Tennessee Action for Hospitality’s A Fund for Us

United Way of Greater Nashville’s United We Win


Southern Smoke

Stand With Austin Fund



Seattle Emergency Hospitality Fund

South Carolina:

Charleston Hospitality Group’s initiative “Full Belly Full Hearts”


Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund

Washington D.C.:

Hook Hall Helps


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