Support Virginia Businesses & Employees

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This page will feature ways to help support Virginia's restaurants, employees, and other businesses.

 

Join us March 30 - April 5 for Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Take Out Week!

To support Virginia's restaurant industry, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association is partnering with Virginia Tourism Corporation to promote Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Take Out Week. 

Join fellow Virginians in showing our restaurants some love! If you're able, participate by ordering take out, delivery, or curbside pick up next week from your local restaurants. Share your experiences on social media with #VirginiaEatsLocal.

See a list of participating localities here.

We are also selling Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers t-shirts, with a portion of the proceeds donated to local relief efforts for food service workers in crisis. You can purchase those t-shirts here.

Thanks for supporting Virginia restaurants!

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Support Virginia's Hospitality & Restaurant Employees and Businesses

The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, through its 501c3 foundation (Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Travel Association Educational Foundation/VRLTAEF) has formed a new industry relief fund to aid workers displaced and businesses affected by the recent restaurant and hospitality industry shutdowns. 

The Virginia Restaurant & Hospitality Relief Fund will be providing direct cash support to workers that have been laid off or businesses that have been affected due to the recent COVID19-related business downturn in Virginia. The VRLTAEF will be funding the new trust with donations from individual donors and grants from local private foundations and corporate partners. VRLTA has also partnered with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to create a Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers t-shirt, and other merchandise, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Fund. Donations may be disbursed to organizations around the state which can connect the support to individuals, or, in some cases, made directly to affected individuals or businesses.

VRLTA is asking all of the industry’s suppliers, distributors, allied vendor partners, and other corporations to support the Fund.

The restaurant and hospitality industries in Virginia are not only large employers, but also greatly contribute to the Commonwealth's economy.

All donations to the Fund are fully tax-deductible, subject to applicable laws and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations. If you would like to direct your donation to a particular area, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

 

Other ways to help, by location...

NoVA

Hook Hall Helps - An effort to support restaurant workers, in conjunction with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. More info here: https://www.ramw.org/educated-eats - Northern Virginia Area / D.C.

Loudoun Tourism and Hospitality Relief Fund - A fund through the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Faquier Counties 

Alexandria - A list of Alexandria-area restaurants still doing take-out/delivery/carry-out

Leesburg - A list of Leesburg-area restaurants still doing take-out/delivery/carry-out 

Prince William - Listing of restaurant and craft beverage producers that have moved to curbside, delivery and takeout dining; also has some hotel specials

Ford's Fish Shack Ford's Family Fund - to support employees of Ford's Fish Shack

Great American Restaurants Employee Relief Fund - Set up to help support these 1,700 employees of the Great American Restaurant Group recently laid off. The Norton family will match every contribution two for one. 

NoVA Virtual Tip Jar - Support individual employees through Venmo or Paypal.

Arlington County Resource Guide

 

Charlottesville

Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund - This GoFundMe effort will support restaurant employees in the greater Charlottesville area.

Charlottesville Take Out List - A list of Charlottesville-area restaurants still doing take-out/delivery/carry-out

 

RVA

Keep Calm and Nom Nom - visit this site to buy gift cards for many RVA restaurants, breweries, cideries, and more.

EAT Associate Relief Fund – Go Fund Me

Giavos Family Restaurants Employee Relief Fund – Go Fund Me

RRG Employee Relief Fund – Go Fund Me

RVA Hospitality Employee Relief Fund - Go Fund Me 

The Holli Fund - The Holli Fund was inspired by Hollister Lindley, a beloved food writer and a powerful presence in the industry who lost a multi-year battle with ALS in late 2017. In honor of Hollister's dedication to supporting some of the most hard-working members of our Richmond-area community, Holli Fund offers financial grants to those in the food service community experiencing an economic crisis such as injury, illness, death of an immediate family member, loss of wages or hours due to coronavirus restrictions, or other emergency.

Richmond Restaurants United - A grassroots response to the COVID-19 crisis by restaurant owners and operators in Richmond, VA; providing support and resources to restaurant employees and owners

Richmond restaurants that are open for takeout, curbside delivery or delivery

Richmond Restaurant Workers Support Fund - Go Fund Me

Henrico County Economic Development Restaurant Participation Application

Sticky Rice employee relief fund - Go Fund Me

Joe's Inn the Fan Employee Relief Fund - Go Fund Me

R+L Hospitality Employee Relief Fund - Go Fund Me

 

Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg COVID-19 Updates - Ways to help, open restaurants 

Pale Fire Helps - pop-up food bank supporting local restaurant workers

 

Lynchburg

Lynchburg Restaurant Owners Coalition - A group of 20 restaurateurs working to support Lynchburg restaurants and employees

Roanoke/Lynchburg To Go! A List of Restaurants Offering Pick Up & Delivery

 

Southwest Virginia

Roanoke VA Restaurant Workers Support - Go Fund Me to help support Roanoke area restaurant workers as we all are impacted but the Covid19 emergency.

Virginia's Blue Ridge - website has restaurants and craft beverage producers still doing take-out/delivery; also has links to buy retail gift cards, digital attractions, etc.

Roanoke/Lynchburg To Go! A List of Restaurants Offering Pick Up & Delivery

 

Tidewater/Hampton Roads

http://virginiaeatsanddrinks.com/covid19 - A list that with information directly provided by restaurants on what services they are offering. Coastal Virginia.

Hampton Roads restaurants offering takeout and delivery 

Suffolk area restaurants still open for takeout/delivery/curbside pick up

 

Nationwide

ACFEF Disaster Relief Fund - The American Culinary Federation Disaster Relief fund wants to lift the financial burden of those without food, shelter, power or employment. ACF members may be eligible for support from the ACFEF Disaster Relief Fund. Funds from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Disaster Relief Fund are available to assist ACF members, schools with ACFEF programmatic accreditation and its students, communities and individuals affected by catastrophic events and natural disasters.

ACF List of Resources for Chefs and Restaurants

Food & Wine List of Resources

Rally for Restaurants - A national site where you can find restaurants in Virginia or other states selling gift cards. Hundreds of restaurants already listed for VA!

Lift Your Spirits - An effort from the National Restaurant Association's Education Foundation to support employees in restaurant and hospitality industries.

James Beard Foundation Food & Beverage Industry Relief Fund - 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.

Change.org Petition - Save America's Restaurants - started by American Chefs to reach mayors, governors, and legislators.

Yelp Relief for Restaurants and Bars - $25 Million relief program primarily focused on supporting independent, local restaurant, and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees and free advertising, products, and services.  

United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) National Charity Foundation - USBG is offering grants through the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

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