Resource Directory

We've compiled a list of articles, industry groups, guides, grants and funding, and more to help navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Explore below!

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Proof Incubator

Proof Incubator

Proof programs are built for food and beverage companies and entrepreneurs operating in a variety of sectors, including independent restaurants navigating the evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, early- to mid-stage consumer goods companies, managers looking to expand their toolbox, and artisan food and beverage companies looking to grow strategically.

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eat drink RI

eat drink RI

Local food and beverage information in Rhode Island.

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Tennessee Talent Exchange

Tennessee Talent Exchange

Tennessee Grocers & Convenient Store Association, the Retail Association, and Hospitality TN partnered with the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development to quickly connect job seekers to hiring companies in the grocery, retail, and logistics industry.

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Hot Bread Kitchen

Hot Bread Kitchen

Hot Bread Kitchen aims to create economic mobility for individuals impacted by gender, racial, social, and/or economic inequality in New York City, historically using the vibrant potential of the food industry as a pathway forward. They seek to expand skills, connections, and life-changing opportunities for talented women and small businesses.

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Family Meal

Family Meal

Family Meal provides financial relief grants to Oregon’s foodservice and agricultural workers in medical debt crises.

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ROAR NY

ROAR NY

Applications are now open for the New York City Restaurant Employee Relief Fund in partnership with Robin Hood NYC and Family Independence Initiative. The first two weeks worth of grants will focus on applicants from The Bronx and Queens and then will open up to the whole of NYC.

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Rethink

Rethink

Rethink Food is committed to reducing food insecurity with practical solutions that will have lasting impact.

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Heard That Foundation

Heard That Foundation

Heart That's mission is to be an ally for the hospitality community - helping individuals seek out various resources, navigate the healthcare system and receive financial support during a health crisis.

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I’ll Have What She’s Having

I’ll Have What She’s Having

IHWSH is an organization uniting women chefs, hospitality professionals, entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists, artists and other professionals in social activism.

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VA 30 Day Fund

VA 30 Day Fund

The non-profit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding.

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FareStart

FareStart

FareStart transforms lives, disrupts poverty and nourishes communities through food, life skills and job training.

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Feed the Frontlines NYC

Feed the Frontlines NYC

Feed the Frontlines NYC delivers free, nutritious meals prepared by local restaurants to healthcare workers and New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity.

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New Mexico Restaurant Association

New Mexico Restaurant Association

NMRA actively represents and promotes the foodservice industry in New Mexico. They have a strong political action committee that is active in both state and national politics and offer education and training, member benefit programs and special events targeted to the restaurant industry.

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The Hudson Kitchen

The Hudson Kitchen

Food + Beverage Incubator in Northern New Jersey. The Hudson Kitchen provides resources and support to start, sustain, and scale a profitable food business.

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Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line

Free 24/7 support at your fingertips. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.

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Comcast Rise Investment Fund

Comcast Rise Investment Fund

Comcast RISE, a multi-year commitment to provide marketing, creative, media, and technology services to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned small businesses. Apply today. The deadline for your small business application is May 7, 2021.

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Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, a national advocacy and action nonprofit founded by and for restaurant workers, announced today the launch of its Restaurant Futures Loan Program in partnership with Ascendus, a national nonprofit small business lender headquartered in New York. The $1.2 million program with Ascendus will provide zero-interest loans to restaurants committed to creating a safe, positive, and just work environment for their employees.

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Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue organization, operating in 16 cities and headquartered in New York City, that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. RLC provides services such as food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, and tax credit assistance.

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ATL Family Meal

ATL Family Meal

ATLFAMILYMEAL, Inc. is a collection of restaurants, food service businesses, community leaders and creatives that have rallied together to provide food, jobs and resources for members of the hospitality community experiencing food insecurity and joblessness in Metro Atlanta.

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SF New Deal

SF New Deal

SF New Deal works with local restaurants to create meals for neighbors in need, providing income for employees and food for the community.

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Dine 11

Dine 11

Too many people in our communities are struggling to put food on the table as a direct result of the pandemic, and many of them don’t have access to government support. As part of Dine 11 local restaurants are preparing meals for needy families and frontline medical professionals throughout their areas of operation.

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Women in Hospitality United (WiHU)

Women in Hospitality United (WiHU)

WiHU's mission is to build community by creating safer spaces to gather; to foster leadership and champion the equitable advancement of all people through connection, mentorship, and resource sharing; to empower our members by providing tools, training, advocacy, and support; and to develop solutions and provide policies that set new standards for equity, accountability, and transparency in the industry.

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Good Food Doing Good Microgrant Program

Good Food Doing Good Microgrant Program

The Good Food Doing Good Microgrant Program provides up to $2,500 in funding to individual food entrepreneurs and/or including food growers, and up to $7,500 in funding to 501(c)3 nonprofit cooperatives, culinary incubators, and/or workforce development programs. Genuine Foods is seeking applicants proximate to the following locations: New Orleans, La.; Washington, D.C.; New York, NY; and Boston, Mass.

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Independent Hospitality Coaltion

Independent Hospitality Coaltion

The Independent Hospitality Coalition (IHC) represents independent restaurants, bars, hotels, and clubs throughout greater Los Angeles. IHC provides a unified voice for the hospitality industry focusing on local and state government initiatives.

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Regarding Her Food

Regarding Her Food

RE:Her is a charitable organization for women-owned restaurants in Los Angeles, created by women who own restaurants in Los Angeles, in response to how COVID-19 has impacted our businesses and our communities. RE:Her is committed to advancing women in the restaurant industry and, long-term, aims to provide small business grants, mentorship and resources to women in our industry, throughout Los Angeles and beyond.

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CHOW

CHOW

CHOW is an organization of culinary and hospitality staff working to nourish their lives inside and outside of the kitchen. They create safe and supportive opportunities for the industry to connect and discuss problems they’re facing with people who get it.

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Lee Iniative

Lee Iniative

The Founding mission of The LEE Initiative is to come up with fast and forward thinking solutions to address problems in the restaurant industry. Learn more about their current projects here.

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Hospitality Industry Alliance Facebook Group

Hospitality Industry Alliance Facebook Group

This page is intended to provide a forum for open dialogue about the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry.

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Holli Fund

Holli Fund

Holli Fund provides emergency grants to food service workers in crisis.

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Center for Ecotechnology

Center for Ecotechnology

CET works with partners throughout the region to people and businesses save energy and reduce waste.

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Feed the Need

Feed the Need

Feed the Need is working with the school systems to "fill the family gap” by providing meals for families at no cost.

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Local Restaurant Grants

Local Restaurant Grants

DoorDash in partnership with Hello Alice is providing grants to restaurants selected through an application process in select cities across the US and Canada. Grants can be used to cover operating costs during this challenging time, including rent, payroll, purchasing PPE, expanding outdoor dining capacity, and other expenses.

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Farm 2 Food Accelerator

Farm 2 Food Accelerator

Empowering women farmers to become more resilient through food production in the age of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Small Business Relief Finder

COVID-19 Small Business Relief Finder

Find financial relief to get your business through COVID-19. Gusto has sorted through federal, state, and private resources to help you find loans, credits, and grants for your small business and apply.

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Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency

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The Independent Restaurant Coalition

The Independent Restaurant Coalition

The Independent Restaurant Coalition is fighting to save local restaurants affected by COVID-19.

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Cherry Bombe

Cherry Bombe

Cherry Bombe celebrates women and food through their magazine, the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast, and the Jubilee Conference.

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Science Retail

Science Retail

The Science Retail team of technology experts is available to chat for free to help secure immediate cost savings, launch & optimize online ordering/pickup/delivery, and are here to advise you on any and all technology projects.

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Capstone Group COVID-19 Resource Center

Capstone Group COVID-19 Resource Center

Navigating COVID-19’s impact on business: commercial insurance & employee benefits guide

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Amped Kitchens

Amped Kitchens

Amped Kitchens rent permit-ready, private commercial kitchen spaces within a community of dynamic food makers.

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Off Their Plate

Off Their Plate

Off Their Plate provides an economic lifeline to COVID-impacted restaurants and feeds communities in crisis

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Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US

Turn your surplus food into meals for your hungry neighbors. Local volunteer Food Rescuers pick up your donated food and deliver it directly to a local Receiving Agencies. Simply register as a Food Donor on our app and you’re good to start.

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Oyster Sunday

Oyster Sunday

Oyster Sunday supports independent restaurants and small food and beverage companies in departments including branding, marketing, operations, systems, HR, + finance. Check out their list of resources.

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Spill the Dish

Spill the Dish

Research database to help restaurant workers and owners find assistance at this challenging time

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West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association

West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association

Coronavirus resources for the hospitality and travel association members

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For the Frontlines

For the Frontlines

For the Frontlines is offering fast, free, and 24/7 crisis counseling for essential workers who are showing up on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Healthy Hospo

Healthy Hospo

Healthy Hospo provides information, advice, support, and training on all aspects of mental and physical health.

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Chefs With Issues

Chefs With Issues

On this site, people involved in the industry can share their stories and resources for dealing with the particular pressures of restaurant life, so that others may feel less alone.

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Hospitality TN

Hospitality TN

COVID-19 Updates & Resources for Tennessee Restaurants

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Pay It Forward Charleston

Pay It Forward Charleston

Pay It Forward Charleston is dedicated to providing emergency assistance in the form of grants to members of the Charleston food and beverage community.

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Eat Drink RI

Eat Drink RI

Resource links for small businesses during COVID-19 crisis

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Healthy Hospitality

Healthy Hospitality

Healthy Hospitality connects hospitality workers to affordable, accessible health care in the New Orleans area. An initiative of 504HealthNet and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the program guides industry workers to clinics that provide the services they need at times and locations that are convenient for them.

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The Giving Kitchen

The Giving Kitchen

Giving Kitchen's mission is to provide emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.

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Hook Hall Helps

Hook Hall Helps

Through Hook Hall Helps, area hospitality workers receive meals and supplies provided through the generous support of the greater Washington, DC community. To support local restaurants, we compensate kitchens for providing the meals, and a way for all of us to stay connected and give back during these difficult times.

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Feed The Fight LA

Feed The Fight LA

Feed The Fight LA is a new initiative that helps restaurants stay in business in these tough times by providing food to those that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by receiving donations. Donators will be able to find participating restaurants and donate directly to them to provide food for the community.

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IFundWomen

IFundWomen

IFundWomen is the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses and offers immediate access to capital through a premium online fundraising experience, access to small business grants from corporate partners, expert business coaching on all the topics entrepreneurs need to know about, and a network of women business owners that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge and ignites action.

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Safety First – Serving Food and Protecting People During COVID-19

Safety First – Serving Food and Protecting People During COVID-19

A safety re-opening guide from The Aspen Institute Food & Society, World Central Kitchen, Off Their Plate, and The James Beard Foundation.

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Primary Concerns by Not 9 to 5

Primary Concerns by Not 9 to 5

A course to educate and train you in mental health and substance use support skills. Free until the end of 2020.

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Black Sheep COVID-19 Playbook

Black Sheep COVID-19 Playbook

A working handbook of protocols and resources from the Black Sheep team.

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National Financial Resources

National Financial Resources

Check out our forum post for a comprehensive list of financial resources.

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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources

Check out our forum post for a comprehensive list of mental health resources produced with the help of Not 9 to 5.

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Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice Grant Application

Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice Grant Application

The Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice at the Lee Initiative exists to get behind Black-owned businesses in the South through quarterly grants. They plan to disburse those funds quarterly, with one grant per the ten participating states of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Louisiana. Our first grant is for $3,500 per business, with ten grants available.

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Copper & Heat

Copper & Heat

Copper & Heat is a podcast exploring the unspoken rules and traditions of restaurant kitchens through the stories of people who work in them. They challenge the exclusionary systems that cooks and chefs have been upholding for generations and focus on issues that underpin and enable discrimination in the restaurant industry that many don’t question.

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Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund Application Portal

Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund Application Portal

In an effort to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund offers ​approximately $3 million in reimbursement grants for up to $5,000 to eligible businesses. The program is intended to support full-service restaurants – the industry hit hardest by the pandemic – during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited and as restaurants adjust to New York State’s COVID-19 safety restrictions and new mandates.

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Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership

Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership

New York State, in partnership with the non-profit Start Small Think Big, is providing small businesses and their landlords with informational resources and pro bono assistance to help both parties reach mutually-beneficial lease workout agreements. This service is available to all New York State small businesses and landlords.

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Empire State Digital Phase II

Empire State Digital Phase II

The second phase of Empire State Digital is offering targeted support to New York State restaurants and food service businesses. Ritual is providing its commission-free digital ordering platform to New York’s businesses at no cost, for pickup and delivery through April 2021. Additionally, PayPal has committed $1 million toward discounted purchases for customers of participating businesses.

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$100M New York Forward Loan Fund

$100M New York Forward Loan Fund

Small businesses, small residential landlords, and non-profits can apply for a 60-month, low-interest loan of up to $100,000. Loan funds may be used for working capital including payroll, operating and emergency maintenance, property taxes, utilities and costs associated with refitting physical space to follow social distancing guidelines.

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USDA Resource Guide

USDA Resource Guide

The USDA has pulled together a comprehensive list of resources for food systems responses to COVID-19.

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