As this situation continues to evolve, we will keep this page updated.  Feel free to link to the resource center below. If you have heard of anything or implemented anything that you think would be helpful for others in the industry, please send let us know.


Create a Reliable Channel of Communication
  • For your internal staff to keep in contact and reference resources to help them with the closure period. Examples include email chains, whatsapp conversations or text threads. Feel free to link to the resource center below.

Institutional Resources
How to Find Relief
  • The Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation

    • ​​"The Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation has formed a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund for restaurant workers. The organization will focus on supporting “an industry in crisis,” including both workers and small-business owners. The Fund will provide aid by direct money to those organizations that are doing on-the-ground work, use its impact investing budget to provide zero-interest loans so restaurants can maintain payroll or reopen, and provide relief for individuals facing economic hardship or a health crisis due to coronavirus. The RWCF is also creating a list of resources related to the coronavirus crisis and plans to collect data from workers and restaurant owners who have been affected." - Food & Wine

  • Bartender Relief - The USBG National Charity Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the stability and wellbeing of service industry professionals through education and charity, has launched a Bartender Emergency Assistance Program available to any bartender or the spouse or child of a bartender. Applications are being taken now. 

  • One Fair Wage The organization is raising funds to provide free emergency cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers, and other tipped and service workers impacted by the crisis.

  • According to the SF Business Times, “San Francisco will defer business taxes and licensing fees and launch a relief fund,” offering $10,000 grants to “up to 100 businesses who can show a loss of revenue due to the virus’ outbreak or compliance with the city’s emergency guidelines.”

  • If you’re a small business, read this article

  • How the corona virus is changing restaurant policies - Restaurant Dive

OpenTable Resources
  • All OpenTable restaurants have access to a new feature, Close Date Range via Special Days in Availability Planning. This is a simple way for you to temporarily block your books. Just block a range of days when you will be closed between now and the end of April, and we will waive your subscription fee. If you are closed beyond April 30 please reach out to us for assistance at support.opentable.com. We encourage all restaurants to please actively manage your books per the above tool so we can know if you are open or not.

  • OpenTable is waiving gift card listing fees for the next two months for any restaurants who would like to promote them. Restaurants that offer gift cards online can sign up here

    • More information on how Gifts works here

San Francisco Food Donation Information

For those looking to donate surplus food items that would otherwise expire, please look to the SF food bank. They are currently in the process of expanding their pantry locations to best cater to the growing need. For more information, please contact, Keely Hopkins at khopkins@sfmfoodbank.org 

While they are experiencing a very large volume at the moment, FoodRunners SF is also a resource to assist with donations in the SF city limits. To reach out email dispatcher@foodrunners.org or nick@foodrunners.org, or call (415) 929-1866


The following agencies ARE accepting donations as of now and should be utilized if you are able to reach out and facilitate food delivery directly.