The Restaurant Strong Fund is accepting donations and grant applications starting today; Samuel Adams will match donations, up to $100,000, through March 31

WHAT/WHY:     The restaurant industry, employing more than 350,000 individuals in Massachusetts, is especially vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19 closures with many hourly workers depending on wages/tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families.

During these unprecedented times where many small, independent establishments are forced to close their doors for the greater good of our city, Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation recognize those who will take the biggest hit and offer our support.

We’ve teamed up to support the restaurant workers who are deeply impacted by the closures. Our goal is to stand by the restaurant industry during this time of need when wages and tips are lost. Samuel Adams got its start in the bars and restaurants of Boston 35 years ago, so we’re kickstarting the Restaurant Strong Fund with a contribution of $100,000 through the Greg Hill Foundation and will match funds raised through March 31, up to an additional $100,000.

WHO: Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation support restaurant industry workers in Massachusetts with the mission of providing as many $1,000 grants to eligible grantees as possible.

To qualify for grant assistance, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Full-time tipped compensated employee (Minimum of 30 hours total per week, can be multiple restaurants)
  • Employed for 3 months or longer at the same location
  • Worked in a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub located in Massachusetts
  • Submit the last two pay stubs received

WHERE:  www.restaurantstrong.org to donate or apply for a grant

WHEN: Starting NOW! Samuel Adams will match donations made through 3/31, up to an additional $100,000

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