Indoor dining continues to be limited in many cities and states due to COVID-19 safety regulations. Some foodservice establishments have adapted by moving their operations outside to keep businesses running, however, winter is fast approaching. Grubhub and The Greg Hill Foundation’s Restaurant Strong Fund is hoping to mitigate the impact with a new program, Restaurant Winterization Grant, which is supported by a $2 million grant recommended from the Grubhub Community Relief Fund.
“This winter will be different than any one before, with the restaurants we know and love needing more support to get through the season,” said Seth Priebatsch, Chief Revenue Officer at Grubhub. “Our partnership with the Restaurant Strong Fund—already instrumental in providing grants for restaurant employee relief earlier in the pandemic—is now responding to the needs of restaurants and providing valuable support to help them survive the challenging months ahead.”
The Restaurant Winterization Grant will provide $10,000 grants to eligible independent restaurants to help them prepare for winter dining. According to the press release, the Grubhub Community Relief Fund is a donor-advised fund that was established in March to give support to charities that help restaurants, delivery drivers, and those in need.
The grants will go toward helping restaurants address additional infrastructure needs, equipment for outdoor dining, increasing personal protective equipment (PPE), and other necessities to help independent restaurants thrive during the winter months, according to the release.
“What Grubhub has done already to support thousands of restaurant owners and their employees has been instrumental in helping them make it through work interruptions during the pandemic,” said Greg Hill, Founder of The Greg Hill Foundation. “With this next phase, they will ensure that countless restaurants have a fighting chance to make it through winter. We can't thank them enough for their initiative and drive to help.”
Beginning on November 9, the Restaurant Strong Fund started accepting grant applications from restaurants in Chicago, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia that have five or fewer locations. The applications will be accepted through November 21 and grants will be distributed by the end of the month.
Those interested in applying can click here for more information.
Over $13 million has already been donated through Grubhub’s Donate to Change program. As leading industry powerhouses continue to step up to the plate, what can we expect next in the foodservice sector? Deli Market News will keep an eye on the newswire.