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.
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!
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.
Other ways to help, by location...
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.
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
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 Restaurant Workers Support Fund - Go Fund Me
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 COVID-19 Updates - Ways to help, open restaurants
Pale Fire Helps - pop-up food bank supporting local restaurant workers
Lynchburg Restaurant Owners Coalition - A group of 20 restaurateurs working to support Lynchburg restaurants and employees
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.
http://virginiaeatsanddrinks.com/covid19 - A list that with information directly provided by restaurants on what services they are offering. Coastal Virginia.
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.
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