Restaurant Emergency Support Fund (RESF)

Restaurant Emergency Support Fund (RESF)

An initiative to support locally-owned restaurants and food banks across Canada. 

The effect of the COVID outbreak has caused a substantial decline in the restaurant industry with many local business owners facing one of the following: 

1) An average decline in revenue near 70% due to limitations of their operations by scaling back to takeout and delivery only.

2) Temporarily closed awaiting government funding and policies to be fully implemented. 

3) Permanently closed.

In Canada, there were over 1,000,000 visits to food banks with over 5,500,000 meals served in 2019 and a 28% rise is expected due to the COVID outbreak, while a drastic decline in volunteering capacity is occurring due to social distancing measures. 

Restaurants often serve as major contributors to food banks in their local communities, but due to the crisis, many are not in a position to financially support them as they had previously. This is adding to the fact that many food banks across Canada are seeing as much as a 50% decline in donations, yet a constant increase in foot traffic while unemployment rates soar. 

The RESF has been developed to help overcome these challenges for both restaurants and food banks across Canada to get food into the hands of the people who need it most. Food supply and support will be provided to food banks, food will be provided to those in need, restaurants will generate fixed revenue to maintain operations, boost mental health by again having the ability to provide to their local food banks, staff can return to work decreasing unemployment, all while donors have the comfort of knowing their dollar has been stretched further than ever. 

How do we do it? 

1) Raise money for people in need of meals. Collectively fundraise to support food banks and local restaurants by way of approved restaurants fulfilling orders placed by food banks and charity partners.

2) Support locally-owned restaurants. The funds raised through this initiative will be used to purchase food from restaurants to provide quality meals and/or non-perishables to food banks. This will help restaurants be operational, maintain staff and cover fixed costs. 

3) Peace of mind for donors. Donors have comfort knowing they are supporting their local businesses, organizations and people in their community.

The first $500,000 round of fundraising will be enough to support 10 key foundations for 3 months. Constant updates will be provided as time unfolds, we will continue to post on the GoFundMe page and share successes as the fundraising continues. Any amount helps. Please do what you can at this time.

Commonly asked questions:

1) How does my donation work? Funds raised through RESF will go to non-profit SSCOPE. The funds raised will then be used to purchase prepared meals or hampers for people and families who need it most. SSCOPE works to ensure all meals go into the right hands through working with several  non-profits they have made partnerships with. To learn more about SSCOPE and its charity partners click here

2) How does the restaurant's approval process work? Restaurants will submit applications to be reviewed by the RESF team. Month to month profit and loss statements of each restaurant will be required to be able to determine the level of support needed. This is a fully transparent program. The goal is to have enough funds raised to support all restaurants and food banks who need it most. To apply simply email the organizer or SSCOPE. An online application process will be made available soon.

3) Do I receive a tax receipt for my donation? Yes, 100% of your donation is tax-deductible. 

4) What happens if the GoFundMe exceeds the fundraising goal? This fundraiser is not a short term initiative. Restaurants and food banks will require ongoing support following the COVID outbreak, and we will continue to keep connected and do our part to keep restaurants and food banks stable. 

5) How can I learn more about RESF? This initiative was put together in partnerships with many local charitable partners. Any questions about RESF can be asked on the GoFundMe page and you will receive a response within 24hrs. 

About Organizer, Benjamin Nasberg
President & CEO of The Carbone Restaurant Group

My drive for business and passion to help those in need was instilled at a very young age by my family, particularly my Grandfather and Zaida. Both businessmen, who had a passion for supporting those in need and took pleasure in spending time with their families over weekly dinner outings to local restaurants. 

My early years had aspirations to enter the field of medicine. Just as that plan was about to take shape, the opportunity to enter the restaurant industry presented itself, and I never looked back. The restaurant industry has allowed me the opportunity to bridge business, food and philanthropy together by supporting various charities and organizations over the past decade.  

The effect that these uncertain times have placed on not only the business owners themselves but the families surrounding them is truly devastating. 

This initiative is a tribute to my beloved Grandfather Ernie Danzker, and Zaida Ozzie Nasberg. 

Keep safe, and thank you for your support. We will get through this together.

 - Benjamin

About my mentors Ernie and Ozzie

Ernie Danzker was born in Winkler, Manitoba and left for Winnipeg at the age of 16. In 1962, he opened E.H. Danzker Co Menswear on Albert Street in Winnipeg. He loved his work and interactions with his customers. His passion was helping others. Ernie would offer law school students their first suit for no upfront payment. He felt everyone out of law school should have a new suit even if they couldn't afford it at the time, and all he asked was for them to come back when they could. He was a true businessman and a family man. His greatest love was his family with a home always filled with humour and music. Ernie took great care of his family and extended family. He organized many events and always played music to help brighten up the community and the people around him. 

Ozzie Nasberg was born in Russia in 1919 and immigrated to Winnipeg at the age of nine. Years later, after distinguished service in the precision squad of the Canadian Air Force, Ozzie's creative talent, personality, and commitment led him to success as a commercial real estate developer, resulting in his designation as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel. Ozzie supported many charitable causes and felt privileged to be recognized as one of the Rebuilders of Jerusalem and to serve on the Board of Governors of the Sharon Home. Ever humble about his many achievements, to Ozzie, his family was his greatest joy, and his reputation, his greatest asset. A man of his word, always striving to do what was right, no matter the cost, Ozzie treated everyone with dignity and respect.
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Benjamin Nasberg 
Winnipeg, MB
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically tax deductible in Canada.