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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Running List of Funds and Support Initiatives for New Orleans’s Service Industry - [Eater New Orleans - All]


With restaurants limited to takeout and delivery, hundreds of service industry employees have been laid off | Shutterstock

Where New Orleans’s service and hospitality industry can find support and how diners can help

With Louisiana bars and restaurant dining rooms closed until at least April 13, hundreds of New Orleans service industry employees are out of work, with many more sure to follow. And while there are various ways to support the city’s favorite restaurants — many of which are open for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery — their former workers are also in need of immediate help.

As diners are looking for ways to support their favorite restaurant staffers, Eater New Orleans will update a running list of relief funds, grants, and other initiatives intended to help the city’s service and hospitality industry in the coming weeks or months. Please email nola@eater.com with updates.

Note: This list does not currently include individual restaurant or restaurant group relief funds for former employees.


  • Culture Aid NOLA: CAN is working with restaurants, management groups, suppliers, and chefs to provide access to healthy food for out of work service and entertainment workers, and also assists with Medicaid access navigation and advocacy for cultural groups. Culture Aid Nola is a collaboration between MACCNO, NOMAF, No Hunger NOLA, Healthy Hospitality, and others.
  • Go Fund Bean: In addition to the NOLA Virtual Tip Jar and NOLA Tipping Party (both below), this version is specifically for baristas. The Instagram account @gofundbean opens up virtual tip jars for cafes.
  • Greater New Orleans Foundation Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program: An application-based grant program for local service and hospitality workers. To qualify for the $1,000 grant, applicants musth ave earned below 80 percent of the Area Median Income prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and worked more than 32 hours per week in restaurants, bars, or hotels in GNOF’s 13-parish region prior to March 9.
  • New Orleans Business Alliance Gig Economy Relief Fund: NOLABA is committing $100,000 to initiate a relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly impacted by loss of income; the goal is to increase the fund assets to a minimum of $500,000.
  • New Orleans Tipping Party: Alist of bartenders around the city and their Venmos so that you can get funds to bartenders directly.
  • NOLA Virtual Tip Jar: A former local service industry employee has created a public Google doc listing the Venmo, Cash App, and PayPal usernames of New Orleans-area service industry workers so people can donate to workers directly.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Second Harvest Food Bank will continue to establish distribution sites for members of the hospitality industry and gig economy.
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund: United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) created a fund to provide one-time emergency grants up to $500 to hospitality workers unable to afford basic financial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Did we miss a local fund or initiative to support New Orleans’s service industry? Heard of a restaurant closing permanently due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic? Let us know.


Source: Eater New Orleans - All


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