Relief Funds Established For Baristas, Bartenders And Restaurant Workers


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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