The news around the COVID-19 outbreak is constantly changing, but information about food safety and how to keep yourself healthy is crucial right now. Here is a comprehensive list on the foods you should be stocking up on during this period of social distancing, as well as information about your local grocery stores’ changing hours, an explanation of “no-contact delivery,” and a guide on how to help your community and its businesses throughout closures.
The food and hospitality industry has been hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing regulations, with as many as five to seven million restaurant workers in danger of losing their jobs as a result. In addition, the crisis has increased pressure on food banks and food-related missions.
Below, we’ve listed some non-profits and initiatives dedicated to food-related causes, from providing grants to restaurant employees to combatting hunger. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a great place to start. Our list is focused mainly on national causes so it’s as wide-reaching as possible.
Children of Restaurant Employees
This organization (known as CORE for short) supports families of food and hospitality employees through life-altering events. Currently, they are supporting food and beverages employees who are parents and have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Dining Bond Initiative
Through this initiative, customers can purchase restaurant bonds now to be used when restaurants are open for business again. These bonds are often sold at a price lower than face value, but how much so is determined by the individual restaurant. This map of participating restaurants is where you can start; you’ll need to contact your preferred restaurant individually.
This non-profit helps farmers from under-served communities retain land ownership. They also run the Farmer’s Emergency Fund, which provides funds to small farmers facing hardships.
The U.S.’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, it is comprised of a network of more than 200 food banks around the country and feeds more than 46 million people each year.
Food Recovery Network
This student-led organization combats food waste by taking surplus food from college campuses and delivering it to organizations that need it.
James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
This foundation is designed to aid small, independent restaurants that are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and which have an immediate and urgent financial need.
Meals on Wheels
This organization provides meals to seniors who are at risk of hunger and/or isolation. Meals on Wheels delivers across the country.
Pizza Vs. Pandemic
A collaboration between Slice Out Hunger, Pizza to the Polls, and the Slice (an online and mobile ordering platform for local pizzerias), they send pizzas from local shops to hospitals and other medical centers.
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
This organization provides cash assistance to restaurant workers and other service employees who have been financially affected as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Restaurant Worker Disaster Relief Fund
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is giving financial assistance to restaurant workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak and its effects.
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is giving $500 grants to restaurant employees who have lost their jobs because of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
This fund is donating to non-profits that benefit restaurant workers, giving zero-interest loans to restaurants and giving financial relief to workers directly.
USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
This program gives financial assistance to bartenders—as well as children and spouses of bartenders—affected by a crisis or hardship.
World Central Kitchen
This non-profit was founded by José Andrés and sets up community kitchens and food relief where it’s needed most. This has included everything from serving food to hurricane victims to those quarantined on cruise ships.