The Delaware Restaurant Association, through its Education Foundation (DRAEF) has formed the restaurant industry Emergency Action Trust (E.A.T.s) to provide immediate emergency funding to hospitality workers.
The trust, funded by private, community and individual donations, will distribute individual $500 grants to our frontline industry employees affected by the shutdown. Restaurants are now limited to delivery and takeout service.
The DRAEF build the new trust with donations from individual donors and grants from local private foundations and corporate partners.
The Beer & Benevolence Foundation, created by Dogfish Head founders Sam & Mariah Calagione, is providing an initial $50,000 donation, with another $50,000 donated when the fund reaches $150,000.
Their company will also donate profits from the sales of hand sanitizer the Dogfish Head Distilling Co. is currently producing for the State of Delaware to the E.A.T.s fund.
According to a release, workers have or will file for unemployment benefits, but many are in need of additional income until restaurants are allowed to reopen.
One hundred percent of all donations (tax-deductible) will go directly to the restaurant industry Emergency Action Trust (EATs), and donors will receive a letter upon receipt of their donation.