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How to Donate Directly to Restaurant Workers, Bartenders, and Others Affected by COVID-19

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A round-up of fundraisers for those affected by the novel coronavirus

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As the coronavirus shut-down rolls on, it’s not just restaurants, bars, and coffee shops suffering, it’s their staff, too.

With restaurants and cafés restricted to take-out only (and many opting to simply close), and bars prevented from opening at all, scores of cooks, servers, dishwashers, bussers, and more are out of work with no clear sign of when they’ll be able to earn income again. And while employment insurance rules have been loosened and various forms of assistance announced by the Quebec and federal governments, some people have to pay for rent, groceries, medications, and other needs immediately.

If you can spare a few dollars, here are some options for where to direct them. Meanwhile, you can also support restaurants (and ensure that laid-off staff have jobs to come back to) by buying gift cards, merch, or ordering take-out from places that are still open.

Note that most of the fundraisers below have not been individually vetted by Eater — for questions about how these funds are to be distributed, please contact individual fundraisers.

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