COVID Resources & Guidance

Covid Resources & Guidance

To our customers, our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected by the pandemic. Martignetti has prepared this list of resources to help you find quick access to Local, State and Federal aid. We hope that you find this information beneficial. Martignetti is committed to maintaining our operations and serving our customers to the best of our ability. Together, we will get through these challenges. 


RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS


AMERICAN HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION (AHLA)
Programs for hotel & lodging establishments
https://www.ahla.com/

CDC.GOV
GOV For Updates on the CDC and it’s response to COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/

CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT (CARES ACT)
Federal stimulus bill for the U.S. business sector, employees, individuals, and families
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
Details of paid sick leave, free testing, and expanded unemployment benefits
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE
Guide to accessing small business loans
https://www.ahla.com/

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)
Overview of paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses
https://www.irs.gov/newsroo

MASSACHUSETTS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Resources for unemployment benefits & COVID-19
https://www.mass.gov/

MASSACHUSETTS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
COVID-19 Resources for Massachusetts restaurants
https://www.themassrest.org/

NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Programs/benefits for restaurants, foodservice establishments, and employees
https://restaurant.org/Covid19_CARES-Act

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)
Requirements to qualify for expanded sick leave provisions
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE
Financial loan modification guidance
https://ncrla-covid-19.org

UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Standing up for American Enterprise
https://www.uschamber.com/

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Loan resources for small businesses
https://www.sba.gov/

WINE INSTITUTE
CARES Act provisions for wineries
https://wineinstitute.org/

THE WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE NATIONAL COUNCIL
Resources for Women-Owned Businesses in Response to COVID-19
https://www.wbenc.org/covid19


LOCAL CHARITIES & SUPPORT


CAMBRIDGE VIRTUAL TIP JAR
The city of Cambridge has ordered all bars, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses to shutter. Many of our friends and neighbors depend on tips to make ends meet. This virtual tip jar is for local service industry staff – employees at bars, restaurants, salons, etc. – to post their Venmo or Paypal information so that customers, neighbors, and Cambridge community members can continue to support them.
https://sites.google.com/view/cambridge-virtual-tip-jar/home

GREG HILL FOUNDATION - RESTAURANT STRONG FUND
The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Together, and with the insights of notable Boston-area chefs Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon), Ken Oringer (Little Donkey) and Chris Coombs (Boston Chops), we will be raising awareness and funds to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families. Our goal is to provide $1,000 grants to as many qualifying grantees as possible. We are asking for those who are able, to consider making a donation to support the thousands of individuals and families that need financial help during this time.
https://www.thegreghillfoundation.org/donations/restaurantstrongfund/

LOVING SPOONFULS
Lovin’ Spoonfuls is dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded throughout Greater Boston, MetroWest and Hampden County and beyond every weekday. Breaking new ground in the food rescue movement, we connect community resources by linking grocery stores, produce wholesalers, and farms to local meal programs and social service entities serving those in need.
https://lovinspoonfulsinc.org/

EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR BOSTON AREA RESTAURANTS
Emergency Funds for Boston Area Service Workers Fund
https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-funds-for-boston-area-service-workers

BEHIND YOU
Behind You is launching an emergency fund for MA restaurant employees in the towns of Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and/or Swampscott whose work is currently negatively impacted by COVID-19.
https://www.behindyouinc.org/

OPERATION GIFT CARD
Beasley Media Group Boston set up Operation: Gift Card to get the word out on local restaurants and businesses in our area who offer gift cards for purchase on their websites.
https://country1025.com/2020/03/operation-gift-card/#//

DALTON & THE SHERIFFS
Virtual Happy Hour and Workin’ from Home, bartenders can sign on to virtually bartend these sponsored events https://www.instagram.com/daltonsheriffs/

EATER
As diners are looking for ways to support their favorite restaurant staffers, Eater Boston is building a running list of fundraisers, staff Venmo accounts accepting virtual tips, and other opportunities to help staff weather the storm in the coming weeks or months before their restaurants reopen. Email boston@eater.com with any updates.
https://boston.eater.com/

FOOD LINK MASSACHUSETTS
https://www.foodlinkma.org/
A food rescue organization that collects restaurant and cafe food and distributes to those in need.

GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK
https://www.gbfb.org/
The food bank collects donations for people in the Boston area experiencing hunger as a result of the COVID-19 crisis

RALLY FOR RESTAURANTS
https://rallyforrestaurants.com/
Rally for Restaurants is a grassroots initiative to give restaurants a fighting chance amidst the COVID-19 health crisis. You’ll have wonderful meals to look forward to, and your purchases will support restaurants in managing their businesses through uncertain times and keeping their staff and customers safe.

BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND
https://www.boston.gov/departments/treasury/boston-resiliency-fund
The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We are also working to help first responders and critical care providers.

MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 RELIEF FUND
https://www.macovid19relieffund.org/
The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund will help support essential frontline workers and those in need across the state. The relief fund will help residents and immigrants facing homelessness, food insecurity, and loss of critical services as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
 

NATIONAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS & SUPPORT

CHILDREN OF RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES (CORE)
CORE: CHILDREN OF RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES is dedicated to serving food and beverage service employees with children, who are faced with life-altering circumstances and in need of our help. As the world faces the biggest pandemic in our lifetime, we want to continue to honor our mission by providing support to food and beverage service employ-ees, with children, who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19.
https://coregives.org/

UNITED STATES BARTENDERS GUILD EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Donate or apply to the USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. You do NOT need to be a USBG member to apply for a philanthropic grant.
https://www.usbgfoundation.org/

THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY RELIEF FUND
The James Beard Foundation recognizes the dire situation the food and beverage community is in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the Foundation launched a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. https://www.jamesbeard.org/relief

RESTAURANT AID – THE PROJECT
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has caused unprecedented closures in many sectors, but the restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard. Since these individuals rely heavily on cash tips and not hourly wage, they (a) are immediately without cash flow and (b) may not qualify for unemployment in certain states/regions. This means an entire chunk of the American population thrown immediately into crisis. These individuals need to eat, they need to feed their families, they need to purchase quarantine supplies, they need to pay for medicine, gas, etc. They need funds now!
https://www.restaurantaid.org/the-project

RESTAURANT WORKERS’ COMMUNITY FOUNDATION COVID-19 EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND
Restaurant workers make up 10 percent of America’s workforce, and they are among the country’s most vulnerable populations. More than 2.45 million restaurant workers live in poverty, and only 14 percent receive employer-sponsored health benefits. As restaurants across the country cut hours, suspend business, and close for good, many restaurant workers will be faced with long-term loss of income. For months to come, they will need help accessing government benefits and mental health services, paying their rent, and feeding their families.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-funds-for-boston-area-service-workers

ANOTHER ROUND ANOTHER RALLY EMERGENCY FUND
Another Round, Another Rally is a nonprofit financial resource for the hospitality industry. We provide reimbursement grants and immersive educational scholarships to further the education of underrepresented voices in the community, and supply emergency assistance to those employed in restaurants, bars, and hotels who have fallen on unexpected hardship. https://anotherroundanotherrally.org/our-offer/

HOTALING & CO
Bar & Restaurant Emergency Assistance Programs & Resources
http://www.hotalingandco.com/

UNITED WAY
In Massachusetts, 2 in 5 workers lack sufficient savings to withstand a sudden loss in wages. With public events, schools and workplaces shuttering as the pandemic unfolds, hourly, low-wage workers will experience unprecedented financial hardship. The problem is acute for hospitality workers, retail workers, and other hourly workers, many living paycheck to paycheck, with no clear options for recouping lost wages. Additionally across the Commonwealth, several hundred thousand children rely on federally funded school-based programs for one, two or more meals each day. As schools close across the Commonwealth, the demand for food assistance will increase for these children and their families.
https://www.nc211.org/

SNAP FOOD BENEFITS
You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) administers SNAP benefits. SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program

DINING BOND
Due to the impact that the coronavirus COVID-19 has had on the restaurant community, a collective of restaurant industry professionals have set a global initiative in motion to get funds into the hands of restaurants NOW, even if they are temporarily closed. A Dining Bond works like a savings bond, where you can purchase a “bond” at a value rate to be redeemed for face value at a future date. For restaurants, many of whom are small businesses and are in serious risk of shutting their doors permanently due to this crisis, the bonds can bring in much needed revenue. And for us, the public, they’re a chance to show love and support, ensuring the future of some of their favorite restaurants, not to mention the many people who may be forced out of work.
https://diningbond.com/

BAR METHODS
These are difficult and worrisome times for all of us, especially those in the hospitality industry. Many of us are worried about our livelihood, health, and what’s to come. With restaurants being restricted to limited service and jobs being terminated we are working on ways to help supplement income and provide meals for out of work hospitality and those in need.
https://www.barmethods.com/

ONE FAIR WAGE
Every person who works in America should be paid at least a full, fair minimum wage from their employer. They are providing cash assistance to tipped & service workers including restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers and more. https://onefairwage.com/

PROJECT BREAD
Project Bread works to fully enroll individuals in state and federal nutrition programs as well as refer callers to local food resources. For more information about any of the below resources, call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. http://www.projectbread.org/get-help
 
THE WINE AUCTION
https://www.86lostwages.org/
Wine Country for Restaurants is organizing an all-charity, online wine auction housed on the https://www.winebid.com/ platform. All of the proceeds from the auction are going directly to Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund. The first auction went live on Sunday, April 5th at 7:15 pm PST and will close at 7:00pm PST. Each subsequent auction week will follow the same schedule: Open on Sunday at 7:15pm PST and close the following Sunday at 7:00pm PST, lasting for as many weeks as we have lots to sell. The lots themselves are unique, often one-of-a-kind collections of wines that have been curated and donated by wineries of all shapes and sizes with the simple goal of giving any wine enthusiast something to fit their taste and budget. You’ll even find bottles donated from private collectors and restaurants themselves. All of them offered in the spirit of community for our hard-hit, restaurant friends.

OFF THEIR PLATE
https://offtheirplate.org/
Restaurants receive donations to feed hospital and first responders, in turn funds help to support wages for employees