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TX Restaurant Relief Fund Expands to Support Vandalized Restaurants

AUSTIN, Texas, May 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is extending financial support through the TX Restaurant Relief Fund to independent restaurants that have been damaged by the vandalism, looting, and rioting that erupted over the weekend after George Floyd's tragic killing. This violence is another huge setback for restaurants, bars, and other foodservice businesses that are still suffering crippling losses due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The TRA launched the TX Restaurant Relief Fund in response to COVID-19, and now calls upon the entire community to redouble their support of the fund in response to this compounded crisis. Donations can be made by texting TRRF to 31996, visiting www.txrestaurant.org/txrestaurantrelieffund, or emailing trrfdonations@txrestaurant.org.
TX Restaurant Relief Fund Expands to Support Vandalized Restaurants
Texas' more than 53,000 foodservice businesses, which employed more than 1.4 million workers before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, were closed with a day's notice in March for more than six weeks to flatten the curve of COVID-19. In 2019, the Texas foodservice sector accounted for $70 billion in revenue ($4.6 billion in taxes to the State of Texas). Overnight, one of Texas' largest sectors saw their revenue disappear, furloughed or laid off employees, and lost millions in perishable food and beverage supplies through no fault of their own. An estimated 700,000 jobs and $4.2 billion in revenue has been lost. This conservative estimate is astronomical and projected to be just the beginning of unprecedented loss.While bars were required to remain shut completely, restaurants innovated and adapted their business models as best they could, continuing to provide delivery and takeout. With the leadership of the TRA, waivers were put in place to allow restaurants to sell alcohol with to-go orders, sell prepared meals in their local grocery stores, and sell retail food itemsa??turning their restaurants into boutique grocery bodegas. Being responsible for 51% of Texas' food supply, restaurants did their best to keep Texans fed.Through the generosity of the public, industry-related suppliers, and corporate donors, the TX Restaurant Relief Fund was established on March 23, 2020. In about two months, the fund has raised and distributed $2.23 million in grants of up to $5,000 to more than 400 restaurants. These grants provided immediate relief to some of the hardest hit, independent restaurants throughout the State, helping them to remain open, pay their workers, and in many cases, provide meals for medical, police, and fire first responders. As always, restaurants sought to give back, even as they faced the worst crisis their industry had ever seen.
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