Industry Relief Fund to Provide Direct Financial Aid to Restaurant Industry Workers


The Delaware Restaurant Association, through its 501c3 foundation Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation/DRAEF, is announcing the formation of a new industry relief fund to aid workers displaced by the recent restaurant industry shutdowns. ‘Restaurant Industry E.A.T.s’ (Emergency Action Trust) will provide direct cash support to the many restaurant industry workers that have been laid off due to the recent restaurant restrictions in Delaware.

The DRAEF will be funding the new Trust with donations from individual donors and grants from local private foundations and corporate partners. The Beer & Benevolence Foundation, created by Dogfish Head founders Sam & Mariah Calagione, is providing an initial $50,000 donation, with another $50,000 donated when the fund reaches $150,000. Their company will also donate profits from the sales of hand sanitizer the Dogfish Head Distilling Co. is currently producing for the State of Delaware to the E.A.T.s fund.

Along with an anonymous individual donation, the Trust has already raised over $65,000. ‘Text to donate’ and online links will be made public for individual donors in the next few days.

For more information and quotes from Mariah Calagoine and Carrie Leishman, please see the attached full release.