Samuel Adams is offering relief grants to restaurant workers
The beer company has kickstarted the fund with $2 million
One of the (many) difficult and worrisome things about the Coronavirus is seeing how the restaurant industry has been decimated — and how this has affected hospitality staff around the country. On the flip side, it’s been awesome to see how many companies and initiatives are stepping up to support servers and workers in need.
Now we can add Samuel Adams to that list. The beer company is offering $1,000 grants to unemployed restaurant and bar staffers in 20 states.
In a partnership with The Greg Hill Foundation (which helps families that have been affected by tragedy), the Boston-based brewery started the fund last month locally and has just expanded it to include more states.
The website for the initiative, which is called the Restaurant Strong Fund, states, “Following the success of the Massachusetts launch in mid-March, Samuel Adams is donating over $2,000,000 to kickstart funding in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont.”
"Samuel Adams got its start in the beloved bars and restaurants of Boston 35 years ago and simply would not be where it is today without the people in those establishments who have supported us since the very beginning," Samuel Adams said in a statement to CNN. "During this unprecedented time, we're honored to give back to the community that has had our backs for so long with the Restaurant Strong Fund."
As of Tuesday April 14, the fund has raised over $2,714,500. To be eligible to apply for a grant, an individual must have worked at a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub located in one of the 20 states, been a full-time employee, and been employed for three months or longer at the same location.
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