The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and
honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more
delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. For more than 30
years, our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has highlighted the
centrality of food culture in our daily lives.
The James Beard Foundation recognizes the dire situation the
food and beverage community is in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restaurants, bars, and other independent food and beverage operations
are strong economic drivers. $1 trillion generated by the culinary
industry reflects 4% of our gross domestic product. The food and
beverage community employs nearly 16% of the American workforce. These
businesses support local economies, and according to some studies,
restaurants pump as much as 60% of their money back into their local
business communities. They pay taxes, support municipal utilities,
bring life into underserved neighborhoods. Restaurants, bars, and other
independent food and beverage operations are often on the frontlines of
community revival and real-estate development. They are woven into the
social and cultural fabric of our country.
The majority of the culinary community businesses we work with and
support each year are small or medium size 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.
The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund is
administered by the New Venture Fund (NVF) with technical assistance
from the James Beard Foundation.
Please note, there is a $50,000 limit per donation. If you'd like to
contribute more than that amount, please submit multiple donations
under that limit.
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