NJ's Beverage & Hospitality Industry Launches Relief Fund to Help Displaced Employees

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Trenton, NJ – Thousands of New Jersey’s beverage and hospitality industry employees have lost jobs due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Many are tipped-wage employees or commission-based sales reps that rely on that income to make ends meet. Allied Beverage Group, LLC, the New Jersey Restaurant Educational Foundation (NJREF) and New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association (NJRHA) have partnered to create The Beverage and Food Employee Crisis Support Fund (BFECS) to help these displaced workers. Industry leaders and the general public are encouraged to donate on the fund’s website: www.nfecs.org

“We can’t wait for state aid for this group of people,” said Marilou Halvorsen, president of the NJRHA. “They have to feed their kids, buy food and survive through this crisis like the rest of us. This is no different than a hurricane relief fund. Their livelihood has been wiped out,” she added.

The NJREF is the sole owner of the BFECS. and is a non-profit 501c3 with a mission to support the workforce of the foodservice industry through workforce development, grants and scholarships, and education. BFECS applicants will be thoroughly vetted and given funds based solely on need. No person is allowed to apply for the fund twice and must supply paystubs showing proof of employment and a short description of their need.

For more information on the BFECS, please contact us.