How You Can Support Restaurants, Farmers, and Workers During COVID-19

This note from Danielle Nirenberg at Food Tank.

Dear Friend, Good morning from my home office in Baltimore, MD!

As I wrote to you last week, like so many of you, I’m grounded. Hunkering down with my husband and trying to stay calm and healthy — and I hope you, your friends, and your loved ones are, as well.

At Food Tank, we’re excited to be able to convene food system leaders virtually. Every weekday, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST, I’m conducting live interviews with incredible guest experts on food and agriculture issues. So far, I’ve spoken live with professor and activist Raj Patel, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kimbal Musk, Joi Chevalier from the Cook’s Nook, and many others. You can watch live on our YouTube channel, Facebook Live, and Twitter, and we’ll post our conversations to FoodTank.com and our podcast, Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg.

Through these conversations, we are gaining a greater understanding of the enormous toll COVID-19 is having on the food system. Cities and states are requiring restaurants to stop serving dine-in guests, and some are switching to takeout and delivery. Others are closing entirely. As a result, farmers are struggling with lower demand, and farmers markets are closing.

Food service workers, chefs, farmers, wait staff, and others who power our food system—literally by harvesting, processing, cooking, serving, and disposing of our food—are seeing their livelihoods jeopardized. And those who are hungry, including children who rely on school meal programs, may have more difficulty accessing food relief.

This week, Food Tank is encouraging you to support those in the food system most impacted by COVID-19. We’re highlighting 31 organizations around the world that are donating money, food, and time:  ALONE Ireland, Boston Cares, California Food Policy Advocates, Chef Ann Foundation, Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE), City Harvest, Farmworker Justice, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Food Recovery Network, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center, Italian Red Cross, James Beard Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Miriam’s Kitchen, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), No Kid Hungry, One Fair Wage, Philly Restaurant Relief & Server Relief Fund, Provision Community Restaurant, Relief International, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Rethink Food NYC, Restaurant Workers Community Foundation (RWCF), Roadrunner Food Bank, Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund, Second Harvest Louisiana, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) Foundation, Weld Food Bank, and World Central Kitchen (WCK).

Read about these organizations and learn how you can get involved by CLICKING HERE.

How are food advocates in your community standing up for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic? Email me at danielle@foodtank.com or tag us on social media. We would love to help highlight their stories.

Stay well, Danielle Nierenberg