Covid-19 Support and Relief Efforts Available to our Friends in the Beverage & Hospitality Industries

Updated March 25, 2020 »

Broken Shed Vodka participates in an industry that has been deeply affected by the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing. Waiters, Waitresses, small businesspeople who operate bars and restaurants, suppliers and others have seen their livelihoods compromised. To all of our friends in the industry, there is help. The organizations listed below are ready to provide support.

In addition to providing grants, these funds and foundations are collecting donations from community members willing to help their hospitality-industry friends and neighbors stay afloat in this time of uncertainty.

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE)
CORE is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to granting support to food & beverage service employees with children, who are faced with life-altering circumstances and in need of help.

One Fair Wage – Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund provides 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.

Another Round, Another Rally Fund
ARAR is offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Emergency Fund for U.S. Sommeliers
The United Sommelier Foundation started a fund that can be accessed immediately by restaurant sommeliers in the U.S. whose hours have been cut or jobs have been eliminated due to the COVID-19 crisis.

United States Bartenders Guild National Charity Foundation – Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Donate or apply to the USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. You do NOT need to be a USBG member to apply for a philanthropic grant.

Lift Your Spirits Fund
The National Restaurant Association Educational Fund has launched liftyourspirits.org to raise money for food service workers who have been impacted by COVID-19. Proceeds from this fundraising campaign will support the restaurant worker relief efforts at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Apply For a Grant.  Or Donate.

ROC Relief
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
The James Beard Foundation recognizes the dire situation the food and beverage community is in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation launched a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation – Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency including a newly established RWCF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund​
RWCF compiled an EXTENSIVE list of resources and links related to the COVID-19 Crisis on its website, and soon 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.

Restaurant After Hours
Resources for mental health and substance abuse from Restaurant After Hours to support you on your journey.

Unemployment Benefits by State 
View Only Google Sheet

Food, Rent, Utility, and Medical Assistance by State
Gigworker’s Collective Extensive List

National Restaurant Association Coronavirus Information and Resources

National Restaurant News COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Multi-State Coronavirus Policy Tracker
View dashboard, maps, and other resources for tracking how states and localities are responding to the crisis.


Eater Boston
Is collecting a running list of fundraisers for specific Boston Area restaurants, staff Venmo accounts accepting virtual tips, and other opportunities to help staff weather the storm in the coming weeks or months before their restaurants reopen.

LOVIN’ SPOONFULLS Relief for Our Friends in Hospitality
In response to the COVID-19 crises disproportionately affecting the hospitality community, we commit to rallying around them.  The restaurant industry selflessly and willingly gives themselves to the community to fundraise for causes of all kinds, and now they need our help. This fund will be directly and evenly distributed among the Lovin’ Spoonfuls network of restaurants.

Restaurant Strong Fund
The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams to create the Restaurant Strong Fund, an online fundraiser aimed at providing grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who have been put out of work by the spread of the virus.


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.



This fund is for emergency relief of as many restaurant workers as this fund will allow us to cover in the Kittery ME, and New Hampshire towns of Dover, Newington, Portsmouth, and Rye.

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.

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.

National Retail Federation Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

US Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.