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全美亞裔總商會和Grubhub合作推出 「亞裔堅強餐館基金」協助亞裔餐館

亞裔總商會和Grubhub合作推出

「亞裔堅強餐館基金」協助亞裔餐館

芝加哥及華府訊-202184在食物外送市場上領先的公司Grubhub和全國亞裔總商會(National ACE)宣佈,一項新的,支持亞裔所擁有獨立餐館的基金項目。

在這行業面對病毒大流行之後的新挑戰之際,「亞裔堅強餐館基金」可幫助餐館因應復甦時面對的挑戰,包括付薪水給員工,修理餐館因歧視或偏見所遭受的損壞。

全國亞裔總商會會長暨執行長董繼玲表示,「我們的亞裔餐館在病毒大流行期間已遭受嚴重損失,而更糟糕的是,他們還是仇恨、歧視,以及偏見的受害者」,「Grubhub對亞裔所擁有餐館的持續承諾,藉由他們在亞裔傳統月中提供的支持展現出來。來自Grubhub,以及其食客的貢獻,將為不符合薪資保護項目(PPP)或餐館復甦基金(RRF)資格的亞裔餐館東主帶來希望」。

亞裔堅強餐館基金將由來自他們「捐出零錢」項目的200萬元捐款支持。在整個五月份,Grubhub的顧客們選擇付款時零頭整付,並把差額捐來支持亞裔擁有的餐館,Grubhub也用Grubhu+會員的款項做了比照捐款。全美各地符合資格的餐館可以申請,9月時將有200家餐館可獲得贈款。在病毒大流行早期,亞裔擁有的餐館是受創最重的其中一個群體。20204月時,全美的中餐館有將近一半都因為病毒大流行,以及消費者的偏見與誤解而關門了。

Grubhub餐館部資深副總裁Kevin Kearns表示,「這些餐館所提供,有著無與倫比多樣性的菜餚,是全國每個城市文化結構的重要部分」,「當每家餐館都受到病毒大流行影響之際,亞裔社區及其企業經歷了可怕,而且高漲幅度讓人無法接受的仇恨犯罪及歧視。那就是為什麼我們很驕傲,能夠和全國亞裔總商會合作,來回饋需要幫助,以重新站穩腳步的亞裔所擁有的餐館」。

202184日起,直至831日,「亞裔堅強餐館基金」將接受全美所有亞裔所擁有的餐館申請。有意申請的亞裔所擁有餐館必須符合以下所有條件;餐館必須大部分(至少51%)為亞裔太平洋島民或夏威夷土著所擁有;座落地在美國、2019年時一直在營運;目前也還在營運;提供主要的持牌照活動為料理及供應食物,而且最多在三個地點營運的證明。這項活動是由全美亞裔總商會和各州亞裔商會合作。因為資金有限,由各州亞裔商會,從100 名商家中,選出 15 名餐廳,其中最需要補助經費,並且在疫情期間,有儘自己一己之力,參與社區救助活動的亞裔餐廳

84(週三)美東時間下午3點起,在網上受理申請www.NationalACE.org

申請截止日期為2021831日,贈款預定在10月初完全分發出去。有興趣的餐館可以上網查詢「亞裔堅強餐館基金」詳情,以及完整的申請流程,www.nationalace.org/aapistrong-restaurant-fund。(更新版)

National ACE Launches AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund in Partnership with Grubhub to Help Struggling AAPI-owned Restaurants  


Independent restaurants across the country can apply for a grant up to $10,000 through the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Program 

CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2021 -- Grubhub, a leading food-delivery marketplace, and the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) have announced a new grant program to support independent, AAPI-owned restaurants. With the industry facing new challenges post-pandemic, the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund is available to help restaurants respond to those challenges and recover from the effects of the pandemic through monetary grants, such as paying employees' wages or repairing damage to the restaurant caused by discrimination or bias. 

“Our AAPI-owned restaurants have experienced severe losses throughout the pandemic and even worse, are victims of hate, discrimination, and bias at their place of business,” said Chiling Tong President and CEO of National ACE. "Grubhub's ongoing commitment to AAPI-owned restaurants is demonstrated by the support they provided during AAPI Heritage Month. The contributions from Grubhub and its diners will provide hope for AAPI restaurant owners that were not eligible for PPP or RRF funds." 

The AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund will be supported with a $2 million donation from their “Donate the Change” program. Throughout the month of May, Grubhub customers opted-in to round up their bill at checkout and donate the difference to support AAPI-owned restaurants, with Grubhub also matching donations from Grubhub+ members. Eligible restaurants across the country will be able to apply for a $10,000 or $8,000 grant with nearly 200 restaurants being awarded in September. AAPI-owned restaurants were among the hardest hit during the pandemic’s early days. By April 2020, roughly half of the Chinese restaurants in the U.S. had closed because of the pandemic, coupled with consumer prejudice and misperceptions. 

“The unparalleled diversity of cuisines offered by restaurants is an important part of the cultural fabric of every city across the country,” said Kevin Kearns, senior vice president of restaurants at Grubhub. "While every restaurant has been impacted by the pandemic, the AAPI community and its businesses have experienced a horrific and unacceptable rise in hate crimes and discrimination. That is why we are proud to partner with National ACE to give back to AAPI-owned restaurants that need a little extra help to get back on their feet.”

Starting August 4, 2021 through August 31, 2021, the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund will accept grant applications from all AAPI-owned restaurants across the country. To qualify for grant assistance, AAPI-owned restaurants must satisfy all of the following requirements: The restaurant must be Asian American/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian (AAPI) majority-owned (at least 51%), based in the United States, must have been operational in 2019, be currently in operation, show proof of their primary licensed activity as "the preparation and serving of food,” and operate in a maximum of three locations.

Applications will open at 3pm ET on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 viwww.NationalACE.org.

The application period will close on August 31, 201, and grants will be fully distributed to restaurants by early October. Interested restaurants can learn more about the AAPISTRONG Restaurant Fund and the full application process at www.nationalace.org/aapistrong-restaurant-fund.

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