Food Industry COVID-19 Support Resources
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Gusto's COVID-19 Relief Resources for SMBsSMB, Restaurant / Hospitality Funding, Resources Comprehensive list from Gusto outlining available COVID-19 resources for small businesses on federal, state, and local levels, as well as assistance being offered by private companies. US
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief FundRestaurant / HospitalityFundingRWCF has established a Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to:

* Immediately direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community.

* To bolster our impact investing budget to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed.

* To establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.
Restaurant Workers' Community FoundationRestaurant / HospitalityResourcesRWCF is compiling an extensive list of resources and links related to the COVID-19 Crisis on its website, and, soon, we will collect data (qualitative and quantitative) from affected workers and restaurant owners so that we can work with local and national leaders to address the systemic issues the COVID19 pandemic has exposed.
Agritecture Webinar SeriesAgricultureCommunityA travel-free webinar series of free presentations, interviews, and discussions with CEA & Urban Ag leaders from around the globe.
American Farmland TrustAgricultureFundingAFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Oyster Sunday COVID-19 ResourcesRestaurant / HospitalityResources
At Oyster Sunday, we are committed to supporting independent restaurants with in-kind consultations, to ensure they have another resource in their corner during these trying times. This service is available for both restaurants in our community and operators we have yet to meet.

From communicating with your team, to pro-bono legal counsel, to thinking through cash flow constraints, please contact us. We may not have answers to every question (as this complex situation evolves in real-time), but we will do everything we can to find the information you need. Beyond our leadership team, we are connected with a remarkable community of freelancers and purveyors that are rooting for each and every one of our restaurant partners. Get in touch, and let’s find a way forward—together.
James Beard FoundationHospitalityResources, FundingRelief fund for impacted restaurants and hospitality professionals. List of resources for those in the F&B industry USA
Dining Bonds InitaitiveRestaurant / HospitalityFundingFounded by a collective of restaurant industry professionals, this national initiative aims to get funds into the hands of restaurants NOW, even if they are temporarily closed. A Dining Bond works like a savings bond, where you can purchase a "bond" at a value rate to be redeemed for face value (for example, a $100 bond for $75) at a future date.

For restaurants, many of whom are small businesses and are in serious risk of shutting their doors permanently due to this crisis, the bonds can bring in much needed revenue. And for us, the public, they're a chance to show love and support, ensuring the future of some of their favorite restaurants, not to mention the many people who may be forced out of work.
One Fair Wage FundRestaurant / HospitalityFundingProvides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. Please help!CA, CO, DC, FL, IL, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, PA
MADRestaurant / HospitalityResources, PromotionalDM @themadfeed all the great examples you know of restaurants that have found ways to lessen the impact of this crisis on their businesses. They will repost them and help spread the word as widely as we can.
NRARestaurant / HospitalityAdvocacythey've set up an automatic "contact your senator" campaign for small restaurant owners; aim is to get senators to support bills providing greater relief for small restaurants
Cherry BombeRestaurant / HospitalityResourcesList of resources for businesses impacted by coronovirus, organized by city and state
CA, VA, GA, MA, NY, WA, TX, DC, National
Chabaso BakeryWholesale BakeryDonationsAvailable to donate bread to organizations in the Northeast. Ideally picked up from our New Haven, CT facility.
Giving KitchenRestaurant / HospitalityFundingFinancial assistance to foodservice workers in Georgia diagnosed with COVID-19.GA
Amped KitchensLocationKitchen SpacesDedicated, permit ready kitchen spaces for food makers. We are working with many who need a new space FAST to be aligned on new health and saftey laws for production. USDA on site, manned Loading docks, Cold and Dry Storage, Prep spaces. Reach out - we want to help you succeed. (Los Angeles locations and opening Chicago as fast as we can)
BITHOUSE Group - ReWork FoodAgriFood Business Support/ Resource20 companies receive a 5k strategic planning / pivot session and investor alignment session to aid with business pivoting and financial sustainabilityGlobal
BentoBoxRestaurant / HospitalityServiceshR
Crafted KitchenProduction SpaceCommercial kitchen with dry, refrigerated and frozen storage; business education and resourcesA state-of-the art facility, housed in a fully restored 99-year-old brick warehouse, Crafted Kitchen is designed to give small food businesses access to the space, resources, and business skills they need in order to make their culinary dreams a reality. With a variety of kitchen formats available, Crafted Kitchen provides Los Angeles-area food entrepreneurs with room to grow. Los
FoodtoEatRestaurant / HospitalityFundingFoodtoEat partners with immigrant, women, and minority-owned restaurants in NYC, and book catering jobs for them at corporate offices like Warby Parker, The Skimm, and Microsoft. With everyone working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, our restaurant partners have taken a huge hit. No one in the office means no orders and no revenue.
We have created a GoFundMe Page for corporate companies to buy meals through us from our restaurant partners and we can donate the food to shelters/schools/food banks. This would help us keep revenue up and keep the businesses we work with afloat as well as help those in need.

Service Workers CoalitionRestaurantResourcesA mutual aid network for service workers in Brooklyn.
Dining At A DistanceFarmsResourceever growing list of farms offering curbside, delivery, gift cards etcUS
Feeding AmericaEmergency Food ReliefFood SecurityFeeding America’s nationwide network of food banks is responding to emergency food needs stemming from COVID-19 pandemic health concerns and we are actively seeking corporate partners to join our disaster relief efforts to ensure food banks have the resources necessary to serve those living in impacted communities.

The greatest challenge facing our network is preparing to provide food for those affected by COVID-19 and related disruptions while continuing to meet the nutritional needs of the more than 37 million people in America struggling with food insecurity we already serve.

If you or your company can donate food or funds in a large scale, please reach out to me at
Food Rescue USFood SharingFood SecurityAn app-based organization that takes leftover food that would otherwise be thrown out from restaurants and events to shelters. Many events are being cancelled right now with much perishable food being thrown out - we can change that.
Hospitality Industry Alliance | COVID-19 FB GroupRestaurant / HospitalityCommunityA forum for open dialogue about the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry. Restaurants, hotels, catering businesses, culinary events/festivals and the wine, spirits and beer industries are all affected. News articles, idea shares, best practices and questions are most welcome. In addition to those working in the hospitality industry, we also invite hospitality industry marketing professionals as well as pertinent media who wish to contribute, seek input and otherwise keep a finger on the pulse of what's happening day to day.
Hospitality Industry COVID-19 Support FB GroupRestaurant / HospitalityCommunityAn online space for hospitality professionals to come together and discuss how they are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on our industry.

Talking points:
- Surviving venue closure
- Looking after your staff
- Sharing resources
- Mental health
- Jobs
- Helpful articles
- Major news that affects the hospitality industr
Forward FoodingFood/FoodTechResourcesExtensive list of digital meetups, webinars, Zoom mixers and resources to tackle the COVID-19 Crisis
Science RetailRestaurant / HospitalityTech SupportFree remote tech support for restaurants: help set up online ordering, gift cards/e-giftcards, employee fundraisers, or understanding where to cut their IT costs during closures
Forward FoodingFoodTechBusiness support50 free licences to PRO subscription of The FoodTech Data navigator: - APPLY by 31/3/2020 (first-come-first-served)
GlobalSFEconomic Development, Small BusinessFundingAssistance with SBA Loan applicationSF Bay
Love Letters to Food and Restraurant Businesses (w/purpose)Restaurant / HospitalityLetters of support Write a support(love) letter to your colleagues and friends in the food and restaurant industry. Remind them that they are loved, and that we're all in this together! Global
Seated AppRestaurant / HospitalityFree financial/legal advice hotlineComplimentary hotline with accounting experts from CohnReznick and lawyers from Golenbock Peskoe LLP.
LearnFromAChef.orgRestaurant, Online ClassesJobs (teach online classes) facilitates online cooking classes to both help chefs earn income during this difficult time, and help people find virtual ways to connect with their friends. Sign up to become a chef teacher on the platform and get matched with hundreds of interested students. Class is conducted via Zoom and we will handle all the signup logistics for you.Online
Hudson KitchenCPG/Restaurant/Catering/Meal DeliveryCommerical Kitchen & Storage Space, Food Business Education8,000 square foot facility with shared kitchen,dry, cold, and freezer storage, multi-bay loading dock; easily accessible from anywhere within the New York metropolitan area. Offering free food business consultations and food business webinars (coming soon)NJ,
VinePairRestaurant / HospitalityResourcesAt VinePair, we’ve dedicated all of our resources to reporting about the crisis and to maintaining a live blog about how Covid-19 is impacting the drinks industry — across wine, beer, and spirits, and all three of the industry tiers.

Here, we’ve collected resources and information to help industry readers learn how and where to access aid.
SaveRestaurantsRestaurant / HospitalityCommunity, LobbyingVia Independent Restaurants Coalition (IRC), looking to provide economic assistance for the independent restaurant
HelpMainStreetSmall Business, Restaurant / HospitalityFundingHelp your local business by buying gift cards to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. America's small businesses are the backbone of our
SaveOurFavesRestaurant / HospitalityFundingDirectory of Bay Area restaurants and coffee shops that offer online gift cards for
GiveLocalSmall Business, Restaurant / HospitalityFundingHelp Save a Local
Buy a gift card now, use it later, and help
save a local business (or two).
CellarsNYCRestaurant / HospitalityFundingSave NYC restaurants by
buying their wine
Your local restaurant has thousands of dollars of food and beverage inventory sitting in their cellars. Help them stay alive by buying it!
SeatedRestaurant / HospitalityHelp HotlineRestaurant reservation and rewards platform Seated has instituted a help hotline to support restaurant operators during this crippling time for the industry. Restaurant operators now have access to complimentary counsel from a team of experts including CohnReznick, the leading finance and accounting advisor to the hospitality industry, and Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe, the leading law firm to the hospitality industry. The team will be answering questions and providing business advice to help operators navigate these turbulent waters and prepare for a recovery.US
Good HangResturantsVirtual Gathering to Raise FundsA platform to virutally hang out (happy hour, coffee chat, brunch, book club, etc) with your crew while you physically distance for the greater good AND support your favorite local bars, restaurants and cafes as they weather this tough economic hit. NYC, San Francisco, Seattle
Intouch InsightCEM SoftwareFree software accessAs companies and small businesses are rolling out new policies and procedures to employees for things like cleanliness and best practices for effective working from home, it can help to reinforce those procedures with checklists that people can follow, and business owners can use to audit those operating procedures.

Mobile form software allows you to easily and effectively roll out operational checklists to employees to ensure procedures are being adhered to with signatures, approval workflows, and date/time stamped audit capabilities. This solution helps fight Covid-19 by ensuring that all staff are trained and are properly executing emergency protocols and new safety and hygiene standards

Free access to the platform is available now.
Journey MeditationWellnessStress ReliefFree access to their app - live streaming and recorded meditationsGlobal Link to access app for free: Website:
Kiva FinanceLoansOffering zero interest bridge loans to small businesses in need
Let's Hang InRestaurant, Online ClassesJobs (teach online classes)Host (or take) virtual classes with your friends, hosted by bartenders, chefs, fitness coaches, artists and more. 100% of profits go to the instructors.

Where we need help: Host a class! People are looking for more cooking & bartending classes

NYC Hospitality AllianceNon-ProfitAdvocacy, Resources for Hospitality Operators and EmployeesThe New York City Hospitality Alliance (The Alliance) is a not-for-profit association representing and serving restaurant and nightlife establishments throughout the five boroughs. The Alliance is currently advocating for our Restaurant Rescue and Save Nightlife Plan, addressing the immediate crisis as well as the complex and long-term recovery program that will be required.
Rescuing Leftover CuisineFood Sharing/Food RescueFood SecurityRescuing Leftover Cuisine is a food rescue organization located in multiple cities throughout the US. We utilize a volunteer network to get food to those in need, usually human service agencies. During this difficult time, we are transitioning to transporting meals to individuals. Where we need help: 1) A large chunk of our funding comes from food donor partners, and as many of them are closed down right now we could really use funding:!/donation/checkout 2) Volunteers to get food to those in need. 3) Food for donation. Where we can help: Please reach out if food is needed and we'll help or try to connect you best we can. MA, NY, NJ, WA, GA, TXWebsite: Contact: Donate:!/donation/checkout
The Independent Restaurant CoalitionRestaurantsAdvocacyThe Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) is fighting to save local restaurants affected by COVID-19. #SaveRestaurants
Dining At A DistanceRestaurantsResourceever growing list of restaurants offering curbside, delivery, gift cards etcglobal
Rethink Food NYCEmergency Food ReliefFunding, Jobs, Food SecurityRethink Food NYC is a non-profit organization working to recover nutritious excess food to provide low or no-cost meals to New York City families in need and have a number of opportunities:

* Restaurant Response Program: Rethink will select up to 30 restaurants for the program, and give those selected up to $40,000 to stay up and running.

* Jobs: we are increasing our operations as access to emergency food and supplies decreases. We are hiring temporary culinary team members, facilities team members and food distribution associates.

* Long-Term Kitchen Volunteer: In response to COVID-19, Rethink Food is ramping up production of individual to-go meals to make sure every New Yorker has access to healthy meals. We need YOUR help producing upwards of 15,000 meals a day! We need volunteers for numerous shifts to assist with everything from washing and chopping produce to packaging meals.
Spare HarvestFood SharingFood SecurityWe connect households so they can share, swap or sell what they have spare in their kitchens and gardens. We bring communities together to exchange idle, unwanted and spare food and garden resources so they are used and not wasted. During turbulant times we need to come together and support each other and share what we can.
The HatcheryCPG/Restaurant/Catering/Meal DeliverySmall business supportNon-profit food and beverage incubator supporting small F&B businesses & job seekers
-Commercial grade production space
-Weekly podcast with Walter Robb discussing how to navigate current challengs in the industry
Chicago- broadcasting webinars