Emergency Relief Fund

The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was founded in 2020 by the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation. It was established as a community focused initiative in response to the worldwide health crisis that threatened the wellbeing and livelihood of countless restaurant and/or bar (with food service) employees. To date, the foundation has distributed more than $100,000 in emergency assistance grants to Fort Worth area food + beverage workers impacted by public health issues which limit available work in our community.

After years of continued support and in response to the needs of our growing culinary community, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Southern Smoke Foundation that will aid our mission to help even more chefs, bartenders, and beyond. When you donate to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund we will work alongside Southern Smoke Foundation’s Emergency Relief Program to ensure those funds are distributed directly and immediately to our local restaurants and employees to get them set up with financial resources when real life situations happen.

To contribute additional support to this initiative, you can pledge a secure donation by clicking the DONATE button below.

Emergency Relief Fund From Southern Smoke Foundation

Applicants are eligible for funding every 12 months. To qualify, you must be experiencing an unforeseen crisis and currently be employed within the food and beverage industry, working at least 30 hours per week for a minimum of six (6) months.

Types Of Crises Include:

  • Accident
  • Change of circumstance
  • Housing Crisis
  • Medical/dental issue
  • Natural disaster
  • Victim of crime or violence

To learn more and see if you qualify for financial support, please click the link below.