Relief Funds Established For Baristas, Bartenders And Restaurant Workers

From: sevendaysvt.com

Vermont’s service industry is facing unprecedented levels of unemployment as the result of shutdowns and loss of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As restaurants, bars and cafés adapted to takeout-only business models last month — or closed entirely to ride out the crisis — many were forced to trim their payroll, and food-service employees were laid off en masse.

Both in Vermont and nationally, industry groups have stepped up to support these workers financially. Among them is Vivid Coffee Roasters: The Winooski-based business is donating $2 per bag from each online coffee sale to baristas at its partner cafés who are out of work.

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