TAMPA, Fla. — Samuel Adams Brewery and The Greg Hill Foundation are expanding their Restaurant Strong Fund to 19 additional states to aid restaurant workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 15 million employees work in over one million restaurants across the country. All of them have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in some way.
The Restaurant Strong Fund originally launched in mid-March in Massachusetts raised nearly $500,000 from 2,000 donors in just its first week.
Samuel Adams is donating over $2,000,000 to kickstart the expanded fundraising efforts. The fund will now aid restaurant employees in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont.
Affected employees can receive a $1,000 grant from the fund. To qualify, you must have worked full-time at a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub located in one of the 20 states and been employed for at least three months at the same location. You will be required to submit you last two pay stubs. You can apply online until April 30.
The fund is looking to raise $500,000 for restaurant workers in Florida.