COVID-19 Resources

Listed below are national and city/state resources available to restaurant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Direct Financial Assistance

AFL-CIO Federal and State Resources for Workers

Find unemployment insurance benefit resources and related information for workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Bartender Guild – COVID-19 State-by-State

State-by-state resources for workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Another Round, Another Rally Fund

We’re offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re also collecting donations from community members willing to help their hospitality-industry friends and neighbors stay afloat in this time of uncertainty. To apply for a grant or make a donation, use the links below.

Lift Your Spirits Fund

Make a video in which you mix your favorite drink, say a toast to those affected in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry, and post it to your social media accounts using #LiftYourSpirits.  The last step is to challenge your friends to do the same and to send a gift to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) that turns a tip into a donation for restaurant, foodservice and hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis!

USBG Emergency Fund

Bartender emergency assistance program available to all bartenders or the spouse or child of a bartender.

RWCF Crisis Relief Fund

A crisis relief fund to direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community, to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed, and to establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.

OFW Emergency Fund

Providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers — who are seeing their income decline during this disaster, or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns.

CORE Gives

CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances.

Rent Assistance

RentAssistance provides a directory of rental assistance agencies and organizations that will help you pay your rent. Some listings are government organizations other are non-profits and charities that offer rental assistance programs.

Dining Bonds Initiative

Go Tip ‘Em!

National Organizing & Support

Stop The Spread Petition

Petition demanding all food chains in America to adopt a paid sick leave measure in this time of health crisis at hand.

Save America’s Restaurants Petition

Petition imploring government leaders to engage with local industry leaders and restaurant associations immediately to come to a swift plan for how they can meaningfully give your local restaurants the best chance for survival.

IHOP & Applebee's

IHOP & Applebee’s Paid Sick Days Petition

Petition demanding that workers at Applebee’s deserve paid sick days, especially with the rapid spreading of the coronavirus.

Email Applebee’s

Tens of thousands of Applebee’s and IHOP workers around the country face financial ruin in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and response. Demand that Applebee’s expand their paid sick leave to all their workers.

Applebee’s Emergency Support FB Group

IHOP Emergency Support FB Group

Denny's

Denny’s Paid Sick Days Petition

Petition demanding that workers at Denny’s deserve paid sick days, especially with the rapid spreading of the coronavirus.

Denny’s Emergency Support FB Group

Chili's

Chili’s Emergency Support FB Group

Chili’s Paid Sick Days Petition

Petition demanding that workers at Chili’s deserve paid sick days, especially with the rapid spreading of the coronavirus.

Chili’s Virtual Tip Jar Application

Chili’s Virtual Tip Jar Viewing Page

National Small Business Resources

How to Apply for the Coronavirus Business Loan

Small business owners looking for financial aid and relief due to the economic effects of the current coronavirus outbreak may want to apply for a business loan through the Small Business Administration’s loan program. 

City & State Quick Links

City & State Organizing & Support

Alabama

Montgomery MGM Workers GoFundMe

An MGM Service Workers COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide direct cash assistance to service workers in the area.

California

Los Angeles GoFundMe

Off the Menu wants to support our local small business restaurant partners and we are raising money to donate to them during this difficult time. All funds will go toward helping restaurants pay their employees wages. All money donated will be split evenly amongst the restaurants. No contribution is too small.

COVID-19 Unemployment and Paid Family Leave

Unemployment and paid family leave resources for California workers.

LA Food Bank Finder

A tool to help locate food banks near you in the Los Angeles area.

San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Finder

A tool to help locate food banks near you in the San Francisco-Marin area.

Bay Area Comprehensive List by ACCRE

COVID-19 Resource List Initiated by Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) – Bay Area, CA focused.

Open Restaurants To-Go

Use this aggregator to find what restaurants in the San Francisco area are open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during the lockdown of San Francisco’s restaurants and bars during COVID-19.

Bay Area Resources List

List of general resources for those who live in the Bay Area.

KQED Freelancers Fund

A list of mutual aid funds that distribute emergency grants to artists, creative professionals and freelancers facing financial hardships.

Governor’s Office Resources for CA 

General resources for COVID-19 provided by the Governor’s Office.

Washington DC

DMV RESTAURANT WORKER RESOURCE GUIDE

 

DMV Restaurant Worker Relief Fund

A worker relief fund for worker in the DMV. Funds will be dispersed on an as-need basis after workers fill out the form below to apply for funds. Once need is assessed we will deposit funds directly to each person’s Venmo, CashApp or Paypal Account. 

DC Virtual Tip Jar

A virtual tip jar for restaurant workers that goes directly to the worker. Fill out if you are a restaurant worker.

Free Meals at DCPS

The District will provide meals to students on weekdays from Monday, March 16, through Tuesday, March 31, from 10 am – 2 pm. 

DC approved expanded unemployment insurance. 

Expanded unemployment insurance for DC workers.

DMV Service Industry Support Group

This group is a dedicated space for service industry workers to: vent, share resources/information, share stories and seek/provide community support. We know that service industry workers are suffering with cut shifts & hours, layoffs, accessing paid sick leave — all while being at the frontlines of the current pandemic.

DC Food Banks!

Food banks for people who live in DC.

Georgia

Giving Kitchen

Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.

Illinois

All Illinois schools will be food distribution centers from 9am – 1pm and be able to pick up 3 days of food for all kids in the family. If anyone is in need of delivery, they can call 773-553-KIDS for emergency delivery.

Chicago Family Support Services Rent Assistance

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance to Chicago residents, directly related to the prevention of homelessness, to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction in order to stabilize individuals and families in their existing rental unit.

Illinois Unemployment

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. 

City Colleges Information (Chicago)

Information regarding the City Colleges of Chicago and their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kentucky

Restaurant Worker Relief Program

Starting on March 17, the LEE Initiative will turn 610 Magnolia into a relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours. We are offering help for those in dire need of food and supplies. Details here.

Louisiana

Entergy, Cox Communications and New Orleans Sewage and Water Board Halts disconnects

Entergy New Orleans will halt some customer disconnections for the time being amid the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, company officials said. Customers can call 800-368-3749 or visit customer care centers to make payment arrangements. More information about Entergy can be found online.

South Louisiana Food Banks (Second Harvest)

Providing resources and assistance to the most vulnerable, including restaurant workers.

Statewide Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Food Banks

All food pantries, soup kitchens, and food banks in the state of Louisiana.

LRA Guidance for Louisiana Restaurant Workers/Apply for unemployment insurance

If your employment has been impacted for reasons related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease), please review the following information about assistance available. The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will do all that we can to ensure impacted workers receive the benefits for which they are eligible.

Massachusetts

Cambridge Virtual Tip Jar

The city of Cambridge has ordered all bars, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses to shutter. Many of our friends and neighbors depend on tips to make ends meet. This virtual tip jar is for local service industry staff – employees at bars, restaurants, salons, etc – to post their Venmo or Paypal information so that customers, neighbors, and Cambridge community members can continue to support them.

Lowell GoFundMe

This fund will be used exclusively to support the individual kitchen staff, bartenders and servers out of work from downtown Lowell’s bar/restaurants.

Boston GoFundMe

This emergency fund is being established as an aid for workers in the hospitality industry, particularly the restaurant sector, in Boston, MA and surrounding communities who have seen a direct financial impact as a result of the current COVID-19 health crisis. 

Governor Baker: Suspend Rent, Mortgage, & Utility Payments Petition

In order to protect the health and housing security of our community, we call on Governor Baker to suspend all rent, mortgage, and utility payments for 2 full months to allow people to do what they need to in order to take care of themselves, their loved ones, and the community.

Maryland

Food Banks: Montgomery County, MD

Michigan

Lansing GoFundMe

A relief fund for restaurant workers in Michigan.

COVID-19 Community Response

Resources and community response to the COVID-19 outbreak across the state of Michigan.

ROC Michigan Lansing Relief Center
Are you a service industry worker and in need of assistance? R.O.C. Michigan and partners are help to help. Complete the form below and someone will be in touch soon.
Covid-19  Unemployment Insurance

If you become unemployed, you may qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. These benefits are intended to provide temporary income as you seek new employment. To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must be unemployed and able to, available for, and actively seeking suitable full-time work.

Covid-19 Work Share

If you become unemployed, you may qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. These benefits are intended to provide temporary income as you seek new employment. To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must be unemployed and able to, available for, and actively seeking suitable full-time work.

Michigan Medicaid and EBT Food Assistance

Michigan Migrant Resource Council – Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne County

Southeast Michigan United Way Relief Fund & 211

GREATER LANSING AREA COVID-19 SUPPORT

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michigan COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-535-6136

Michigan 211 Crisis Support

Michigan Volunteer Registration: Call 211

State of Michigan COVID-19 Updates

Resource Spreadsheet (by NYMNG)

U.S. Small Business Administration Assistance

Unemployment Benefits Fact Sheet

Lansing Family Fun Resource List

517 Living Virtual Events Calendar 

Minnesota

Caribou Coffee Petition

We are demanding that in response to the recommendations of health organizations and the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, our coffee shops be temporarily closed and workers be given emergency paid leave until the threat of this virus is contained.

15 Days Emergency Paid Time Off Petition

We are calling on the State of Minnesota to enact a policy for 15 days of Emergency Paid Time Off paid for by employers and provided to all workers, no exceptions, who have to miss work (including retroactively covering days that have already been lost) due to the coronavirus pandemic for any reason.

MN Unemployment Insurance COVID-19 Page

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits.

Service Workers Paypal Pool

This mutual aid fund was created by community organisers from Saint Paul, MN to support service workers during this stressful time. If you are a service worker who was sent home and need funds for food, medical bills, childcare, or any other financial stressors, please don’t hesitate to make a confidential funds request here: https://forms.gle/F7KRqwTkh2cGFn5G6

MPLS/STP Tip Jar

Virtual tip jar for restaurant workers in MPLS/STP.

MN Immigrant Families Fund

The Immigrant Family Fund is a grassroots fundraising effort to collect resources for immigrant families that don’t qualify for any state or federal support AND who because of COVID19 are pushed deeper into the shadows with little or few resources available to meet their immediate needs. 

DSA Solidarity Fund

With these two facts in mind, the TCDSA Mutual Aid and Solidarity Economy Working Group administers a Solidarity Fund, which puts money in the pockets of active members within TCDSA, as well as organizers and activists of allied organizations, during times of need.

Women for Political Change Mutual Aid Fund

Mutual aid fund created by Women for Political Change. 

OFW Hospitality Relief

Are you a service worker struggling amidst the coronavirus crisis? We’re here to help!

Mississippi

MS Department of Health – for Corona Virus Health Updates

MS Department of Employment Security (Unemployment) Information

MidSouth Food Banks Network COVID-19 Mobile response

Mississippi Department of Health – for Corona Virus Health Updates

Updates and guidance from the Mississippi Department of Health for COVID-19.

MS Public Service Commission suspends disconnect of utilities

The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted to temporarily suspended disconnections of certain utility services due to coronavirus concerns. The restriction will be in place for 60 days and apply to all water, sewer, electricity and gas services.

Comcast offers free internet services

Comcast has announced new steps to aid in the fight against the coronavirus and help connect more people to what will be a broadband lifeline to work, health and school.

FCC pledge from 60 providers of cell and internet services

Communications companies big and small have signed on to a “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” at the request of FCC chairman Ajit Pai and in the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

 

Nebraska

COVID-19 Response Fund (Omaha)

Together with several local foundations, the Omaha Community Foundation has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide flexible resources to organizations in the metro area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

Omaha Virtual Tip Jar 

New Hampshire

Dover GoFundMe

This fund is for emergency relief of as many restaurant workers as this fund will allow us to cover.

New York

Buffalo Mutual Aid Relief Fund
Restaurant Worker NYC Solidarity FB Group

A Facebook group meant to provide resources, gather supplies, offer knowledge, childcare, and help navigate the system or even just a place to vent about the stress of dealing with the personal and economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

– – – To join Brooklyn-based organizing support, email: Serviceworkerscoalition@gmail.com – – –

Unemployment Insurance — 7 day waiting period waived

Powell GoFundMe

ROC NY STATE PAID SICK LIST

Ohio

Powell GoFundMe

Accepting donations that will be shared amongst restaurant workers at Prohibition Gastro Lounge to aid in this extremely challenging time.

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Mutual Aid FB Group

Mutual aid resources for restaurant workers in the Greater Pittsburgh area during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pittsburgh Virtual Tip Jar

This virtual tip jar is for local service industry staff – employees at bars, restaurants, salons, etc – to post their Venmo or Paypal information so that customers, neighbors, and Pittsburgh community members can continue to support them.

Greater Pittsburgh GoFundMe

This GoFundMe page is for restaurant workers in the Greater Pittsburgh region. 

Greater PGH Restaurant Workers Emergency Fund Application

Emergency fund for restaurant workers in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Other Resources

Tennessee

Tennessee Action for Hospitality

A coalition of independent restaurant owners, hourly workers and chefs working together to connect Tennessee hospitality workers as a united front to expedite the protection, relief and welfare of and for hospitality workers at a local, state and federal level.

Texas

Austin Relief Fund GoFundMe

Because of COVID-19 spread among the community, South Austin bartenders and servers have been laid off without warning, indefinitely. These people have families and need YOU! Goal: $5,000

Virginia

Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund

All money donated will go directly to the individuals (local Charlottesville restaurant workers) who need the monetary support the most. Funds will be dispersed to these individuals as they come in.

Richmond GoFundMe

A relief fund for local Richmond restaurant workers.

Foodbanks:

Washington

The Big Table (Seattle-based)

Community resources for hospitality employees.

Seattle GoFundMe Rent Fund

A fundraising effort to help pay rent for restaurant workers effected by this crisis.

Wisconsin

Madison Virtual Tip Jar

Community resources for hospitality employees.

Milwaukee GoFundMe

To help others in the industry. The money will be donated and distribute to industry friends in need. Any and all money donated would help.