The Independent Restaurant Coalition and Bar Rescue stand with the food and beverage industry at this difficult time. The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) was formed to save the local restaurants affected by COVID-19 with support from the James Beard Foundation.  

To help bring swift economic relief to these essential businesses, the James Beard Foundation launched a fund that gathers support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. As a national non-profit, donations to the Fund are tax-deductible.

Independent and small restaurants employ more than 11 million people and help create and sustain local economies. The James Beard Foundation, Independent Restaurant Coalition, and Bar Rescue are working together to ensure that the food and beverage community is able to be open for our communities after this crisis passes.

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About the James Beard Foundation Fund.