COVID-19 Resources for Impacted Restaurant Industry

TAOP Staff

At The Art of Plating, food to us is so much more than just eating and cooking. It’s about getting together, community, sharing, and creating connection. As restaurants are shuttering and workers are out of employment due to the impact of COVID-19, now more than ever our culinary community needs us. We’ve put together this growing list of resources that may be helpful for those in the industry along with ways you can help.


Business Resources

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
Healthcare, business know how, and unemployment information

Oyster Sunday
Legal and logistical information for Restaurant Owners

Cherry Bombe
Local resources for small businesses


Relief Funds

Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund
Providing direct assistance to workers facing economic hardships

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
Provides cash assistance to restaurant workers whose wages and tips have been affected by Coronavirus

$100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in the over 30 countries where they operate.

Full compilation and list of relief funds available to restaurants and food workers across the U.S.


Food Banks & Organizations

No Kid Hungry
A child hunger organization ending hunger:

Feeding America
Domestic hunger-relief organization:

Meals on Wheels
Delivers meals to vulnerable seniors across the country:


Ways to Support Restaurants

Save America’s Restaurants
Sign a petition encouraging the government to take action and provide assistance to the restaurant community

Support Restaurants Dining Bonds
An easy way for diners to invest small amounts of money in the restaurants to be redeemed down the line for a meal (For example, $100 bond for $75):

Rally for Restaurants
Helps you buy gift cards from restaurants when you can’t visit in person: