Millions of bartenders, waiters, dishwashers, and cooks have either lost their jobs or had their hours severely cut in recent weeks. For these folks, working from home isn’t an option. Their livelihood depends on human interaction, so, isolation and social-distancing means no paycheck. Read on for information about we are supporting restaurants during COVID.
However, just because we can’t go out to the bars, doesn’t mean we can’t still support the hardworking men and women who work there, or who may have recently been laid off.
Here are 5 different ways that you can contribute to funds supporting restaurants and restaurant workers from the comfort of your home.
Miller Lite tweeted a video of an empty bar with the words, “Taps are off. But tips are needed. Click to donate to the millions out of work. We’ll start with $1,000,000.”
The virtual tip jar is presented by an organization called the USBG (U.S. Bartenders Guild). On their site, you can dedicate your donation to your local watering hole or even to your favorite bartender. Your dedication will be featured on their donor scroll.
With restaurant sales down more than 80% across the board… the entire industry is setting competition aside and rallying together in solidarity. Rally for Restaurants is a “grassroots initiative to give restaurants a fighting chance amidst the COVID-19 health crisis.” You can contribute through their website and if your favorite restaurant isn’t yet featured, you can request that they are added. They also encourage that you support restaurants by ordering takeout and purchasing gift cards.
Dining bonds are essentially gift cards. Make a payment to a participating restaurant now, and you will be able to cash in the “bond” at some point in the future in the form of a delicious meal. It’s a way to financially support restaurants now (when they most need it) in exchange for a meal later (when you’re most hungry).
SupportRestaurants.org runs this program. On their site, you’ll be able to view a map with all restaurants participating in the dining bonds program. Here’s a screenshot of the Boston area establishments that you can invest in:
The city of Boston released a listing of all restaurants that will remain open for delivery and takeout during the coronavirus crisis. This is an easy way for people to support the industry safely from home. Plus, with online delivery, ordering food has never been easier. We have been supporting restaurants during COVID by ordering food from a different restaurant every week!
Hundreds of thousands of people have already signed a petition asking the government to take immediate action in aiding the restaurant industry. Not everyone has the means to support these businesses financially. However, petitioning the government to step in and help them is one way that you support restaurants during COVID.
Last but not least if you know any restaurant workers that have been displaced or any businesses that are urgently hiring, please let them know about the JobGet platform. We have recently launched our Instant Placement Initiative where we help displaced workers immediately interview with one of our many hiring partners. The Instant Placement Initiative also offers free job postings for any local businesses looking to hire during the COVID-19 crisis.
Thanks for reading and supporting local businesses. If you have any tips for us, or know a local business that we can help support, drop us a line!