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Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund

During this challenging time as businesses and individuals navigate the Coronavirus and its impact on industry, RAMW members Hook Hall started Hook Hall Helps to support restaurant and food service industry workers who may need assistance with supplies, community support, family meal, and more.

RAMW's Education Foundation, Educated Eats, has partnered as a conduit to receive donations which Hook Hall Helps and Educated Eats will work together to distribute to support worker relief measures. Visit Hook Hall Helps for more information and a schedule of ongoing programming.

Donate to the Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund



Bike to Fight is a fundraiser aimed at raising awareness and resources on behalf of the Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund, established by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Educated Eats in partnership with Hook Hall Helps. On Saturday, May 23, we will culminate a two-week fundraising event by hosting a 100-mile one-man bike ride to support restaurant industry workers who have been impacted by COVID-19. Our goal is donors over dollars - help us reach 100 individual contributions in whatever amount you are comfortable giving. Every dollar counts!
Donate to Bike to Fight Benefiting the Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund

Your donation to the RAMW Educated Eats Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund in partnership with Hook Hall Helps is tax deductible. RAMW Educated Eats Tax ID: 20-0703265.

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A portion or all proceeds from the sales of these #MadeInDC items created by our supportive local partners will directly benefit RAMW's Educated Eats Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund established in partnership with Hook Hall Helps  keep reading for more information on how to get involved today!

  1. Bailiwick Clothing Company x "Kindness is Contagious" Initiative (adult & children sizes available) | 100% of proceeds benefit Hook Hall Helps
    Join the #KindnessIsContagious movement to help spread love (not germs!) while also aiding our shared mission of supporting local hospitality industry workers & their families during these uncertain times.

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    Photos: Bailiwick Clothing Company

    ABOUT | Inspired by the pride and positive energy generated by the District of Columbia, Bailiwick aims to create clothing that reflects the nation’s capital. Their shirts capture the culture of one of the world’s most international and vibrant cities with images and messages that ring true with the people who live, work, and play in the most influential city on the planet.

  2. Whisked! x "Pay It Forward" Cookie Care Package | 20% of proceeds benefit Hook Hall Helps
    Sweeten someone's day with 25 bestselling cookies delivered nationwide; BONUS: Nominate someone to receive one & Whisked! will keep the #PayItForward movement going by also selecting one (1) person to treat each week!

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    Photo: Whisked!

    ABOUT | Whisked is an award-winning online bakery that delivers desserts across the nation from their local Northeast DC kitchen

  3. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken x "Comfort for the Crisis" Initiative | $100 for every $500 donation match guarantee
    Every dollar raised goes toward providing comfort through food! Starting Monday, March 23rd, Astro Dougnuts is utilizing their food truck to make daily meal deliveries to DC-area hospitals for healthcare workers on the front lines supporting the public during the COVID-19 crisis as well as negatively impacted hospitality workers through Hook Hall Helps. For every $500 donated, they'll match by donating an additional $100 of food – donate today!

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    Photo: Scott Suchman

    ABOUT | DC-made eatery founded by the Washington Capitals' first truly native Washingtonian players (childhood friends Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern) with a focus on offering lighthearted interpretations of two comfort food favorites – doughnuts and fried chicken. Named an "exemplary fryer" + one of the top-21 best fried chicken restaurants in America by Time Out Magazine, among the "21 best donut shops in America” by Thrillist, and crowned “the city’s best” Crème brûlée doughnut by the Washington Post.


3.31  |  Girl Scouts Pitch in to Help Restaurant Workers Eater DC

3.30  |  How The Hospitality Industry Comes Together In A Crisis Forbes

3.24  |  'Kindness is Contagious:' DC Business Owner Raising Money for Laid-Off Workers WUSA9

Here Are Resources in the DC Area as Coronavirus Changes Daily Life NBC4 Washington

Help Available for Out-of-Work DC Restaurant Employees During Coronavirus Pandemic WTOP

Coronavirus Resources for Students, Seniors, Restaurant Workers, and Healthcare McEnearney & Associates

3.23  |  Positive Restaurant World Stories in the Middle of a Pandemic: An Industry in Crisis Mobilizes to Help Eater

DC Bars and Restaurants Launch Fundraisers for Workers, Other Expenses Washington City Paper

3.20  |  Astro Doughnuts Launches: "Comfort for the Crisis" Relief Fund Benefiting Hook Hall Helps Savor PR

WATCH: Unemployment Soars Amid Coronavirus Pandemic NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

3.19  |  What to Do When You've Been Laid Off from Your Service Job Food & Wine

How to Give Back to Hospitality Professionals Impacted by COVID-19 VinePair

This DC Bar Has Volunteer Chefs Feeding Hundreds Of Unemployed Service Workers The Federalist

3.18  |  DC’s Hospitality Sector Is Still Finding Ways to Help Those in Need Washington City Paper

DC Beer Hall Creates Relief Fund, Offers Meals for Restaurant Workers The DC Post

3.17  |  How to Support Restaurants and Their Workers Right Now Bon Appétit

DC Hospitality Industry Galvanize to Support One Another and Community Thrillist

How to Help Struggling DC-Area Restaurant & Bar Workers Right Now Washingtonian

From Kids Eat Free to To-Go TP, These DC Restaurants Are Offering Creative Perks Eater DC

We're All in This Together: How to Get and Give Help During the Coronavirus Outbreak WUSA9

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Founded in 2004, Educated Eats (501(c)3) advocates for the value of employment through the restaurant and foodservice industry and is committed to creating the next generation of culinary professionals.

Through Educated Eats, RAMW helps public school districts and local community colleges design and implement culinary education programs, provides scholarships to promising culinary students and seeks new partnerships outside of the public school system, in an effort to serve more challenged populations.

Educated Eats scholarships are designed to assist individuals who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the restaurant industry. Scholarships are provided to both high school students pursuing a course of undergraduate culinary study, as well as to those already active in the restaurant industry who are interested in opportunities to return to school to refresh and deepen their skill set. 

Past Educated Eats scholarship recipients have gone on to graduate at the top of their classes at some of the nation’s finest culinary schools, like the Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Wales.

Educated Eats scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified applicants who meet the following criteria. An applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen or have permanent residency and be a resident of Washington, DC metropolitan area
  • Have applied and gained acceptance into a full-time culinary/hospitality related post-secondary program with plans to enroll in a minimum of four semesters
  • Be currently enrolled in, or have graduated in the past year, from a high school that offers quality culinary education coursework OR have a minimum of 400 hours of restaurant/foodservice work or internship experience. Proof of work experience is required in the form of a letter from your employer or mentor
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or be in the top one third of your class

Applications to be considered for 2020 scholarships will be available soon.

For more information, please contact RAMW at 202.331.5990 or


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