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4 Reasons Food Businesses Need Your Help

Maggie Borden

January 13, 2021


Earlier this week we opened the application period for the first round of grants from the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans.

Thanks to the support of our donors, the Fund will provide 18 grants of $15,000 each that will be divided evenly among the six regions across the nation. Those 18 small and independent culinary businesses will receive the critical support they need to survive the pandemic, and the impact of those gifts will be multiplied throughout their local communities.

As the winter months continue and COVID-19 case numbers rise, it's crucial that we continue to support these businesses who have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic. Read on to learn how Black and Indigenous small businesses continue to face additional challenges during this unprecedented crisis.

So what can you do to help now?

  • Tell Your Community: spread the word about the Fund application period by downloading our social media toolkit and graphics here.
  • Make a Gift: the James Beard Foundation is actively seeking new funding to give as much assistance as possible. Donate at

Learn more about the investment fund, which is part of the James Beard Foundation's Open for Good campaign.