During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have pressed pause on our scholarship program to support the hospitality community in crisis. Thus far we have donated more than $35,000 to our hospitality industry and have plans to donate even more through our upcoming Nourish The Soul: A Hospitality Industry Benefit fundraiser this fall.
The hospitality industry has been brutalized by the pandemic. According to Southern Smoke, 15 million Americans were employed by more than one million restaurants in the United States at the start of 2020. The restaurant industry is the 2nd largest employer in the country and one of the largest employers of veterans, single parents, students, immigrants and the recently unemployed. Predictions estimate than more than 75% of the restaurants in this country will not survive.