To flatten the curve, restaurants around Vancouver and Vancouver Island began to close their doors to the public and as a result, many great people that worked hard every day to create amazing experiences and food for thousands of guests, have lost their jobs.
The incredible people that make up the food and beverage industry receive a large portion of their income through tips, while their hourly rate of pay stays close to minimum wage. Unfortunately, Employment Insurance would only pay out based on the hourly rate of pay at a max of 55%, leaving a large population of people to live near or under the poverty line, making it difficult to purchase basic essentials such as groceries, paying bills, rent, and filling much needed prescriptions.
We now ask for your support in coming to the table for them by providing a donation to the Van Food & Beverage Fund. All money raised will be distributed to food & beverage workers impacted by COVID-19 who require urgent financial relief.
Those applying for funds will receive access to relief funds ranging from $25 to $150 to use toward basic necessities, such as groceries, covering a bill, going toward rent, or filling prescriptions. Any funds left over will be donated to a local charity.
In collaboration with members of the F&B industry, we will work together to raise funds that are to be distributed to hourly F&B workers who are suffering job loss due to Covid-19 for necessary items such as groceries, bills, medication, and toward rent payments.
How funds will be distributed
Funds will be available for hourly workers in the food and beverage industry that were impacted financially by COVID-19 by request. The request will be completed through a form where the individual will self-disclose basic information, including the funds requested and what they intend to use them toward. The person would receive an amount ranging from $25 - $150 dollars, with the stipulation the more they take the less there will be available for others. Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, one time per person.
Please share this GoFundMe campaign. The more we raise the more people we can support during this pandemic.
For any questions, you can reach out to us directly by email at [email redacted]. You can also get more information on our website.
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