Fort Worth restaurants pitch in to help during coronavirus crisis

In addition to being extremely hospitable, the Fort Worth food and beverage industry is consistently generous and ready to gather with charitable acts of kindness. This is true even in these disastrous times of coronavirus when thousands of people have suddenly lost their jobs.

Here are some initiatives and charities that have popped up in the Fort Worth area dining world. The list will continue to be updated as more restaurants introduce new programs and services.

The Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival was postponed until autumn. But his nonprofit foundation created the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to support the culinary community. “We are temporarily shifting our focus to a relief fund to provide $ 100,000 in emergency aid to restaurant and / or bar (catering) employees affected by recent public health issues that are limiting available work in our community to grant “, it says in their report website. Restaurant owners and managers can apply for funds to help employees (up to $ 500 each) who are experiencing extreme difficulties as a result of the crisis. Donate here.

Non-profit tKids Who Care’s heating group The 22nd Cookin ‘for Kids fundraiser, originally scheduled for Sunday March 29th, has been canceled. But they will turn it into a virtual “Telethon” event that will be streamed live on Facebook at 5pm on Sunday. While there won’t be the usual cooking competition, three of the chefs scheduled to compete this year (Jon Bonnell, Kevin Martinez, and Denise Shavandy) will instead create and share recipes that viewers can easily make at home. Half of the Telethon proceeds will be donated by the Fort Worth Food & Wine Foundation to the new Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Find out more and register here.

Visit Fort Worth The site has restaurants with roadside, takeaway, or home dining options across town. It is updated regularly and there is also a mobile-friendly version.

Chill Bar & Grill A selection of 300 free pizzas, sandwiches and wraps will be distributed in Grapevine from Thursday, March 26th at 12 noon. Food will be served in the restaurant’s parking lot at 814 S. Main St. There is a limit of two per vehicle.

The lunch box has suspended all operations and closed them to the public for the time being. However, every weekday, they hand out over 200 free lunches to those in need, including first responders, healthcare workers, laid-off service companies, or anyone who could avail of a free meal. Each lunch includes a sandwich, fries, fruit, and cookies. You are at 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd .; Find out more on their Facebook page.

38 & Vine, The new wine bar and tasting room in The Foundry District will donate 20 percent of sales to A Wish With Wings through March 29. A Wish With Wings gives wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Bottles of wine can be delivered directly from Monday to Sunday and picked up at the roadside. For more information on purchasing, ordering times, and more, visit the website or call 682-703-1887.

Melt the ice launched an initiative called Happiness for Heroes that allows shovels to be purchased online and delivered to medical rescue workers across the DFW. Notes of encouragement can also be included. Visit the website for more information.

Twilite Lounge Asks for virtual donations to help employees who now have no income. On their Facebook page, they provide details on how they can contribute to their virtual tip glass.

united way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. They help with bills, rent and food. Call 866-211-9966 and provide the zip code. You will be provided with a list of the local agencies that offer the service.

Twisted root Burger Co. offers its employees and their families a free meal every day.

Three Fort Worth distilleries – TX Whiskey, Acre and Blackland – now make hand sanitizers. Some are donated to health care workers, and bottles are also made available to the public. More information in this story.

A startup in Dallas-Fort Worth launched Get Shift Done for North Texas to bring hourly hospitality workers into jobs for nonprofits and institutions in need during the COVID-19 crisis. More information here.

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Teresa Gubbins contributed to this story.

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