The majority of the culinary community businesses we work with and support each year are small or medium-sized businesses with less than 500 employees who play an essential role in the communities they serve. To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation is launching a fund, The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Relief Fund, that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
The purpose of the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund (the “Fund”) is to provide critical financial assistance to small, independent restaurants that, due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) national disaster, have an immediate need for funds to pay set operating expenses and keep from going out of business. Our goal is to do our part along with federal, state, and local governments to provide for workers, sustain local business, reduce the financial impact on communities, and otherwise mitigate the severe economic consequences of this global pandemic.
We know that swift action is needed to ensure there is a vibrant culinary and beverage community still standing once we are on the other side of this pandemic. We hope you’ll support – at any level you can – to help these important community institutions survive.
For more information, to donate to the fund, or to learn more about the JBF programs, please visit https://www.jamesbeard.org/relief.