Miller Lite is donating $1 million to laid-off bartenders after bars and restaurants around the country were forced to shut down in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The company announced its part in helping people, specifically bartenders, on Twitter.

In the video Miller Lite tweeted out, the text said,

Taps are off. But tips are needed. Click to donate to the millions out of work. We’ll start with $1,000,000.


The USBG wrote on its donation website,

We are raising funds for our COVID-19 Relief Campaign in order to bolster our Bartender Emergency Assistance Program for the influx of applications we know is coming. We are here to help those in our industry most in need, and we ask you to "help us serve those who serve us".

 

With the turmoil and uncertainty created but the spreading COVID-19 virus, the service industry, and the beverage industry in particular, is being hit hard. The closure of bars, restaurants, and venues means that these vital members of our community are no longer able to earn wages and take home tips. It is imperative that we as an inclusive, amazing, extended beverage industry community, make sure that our bartenders can go back to serving drinks once all of this is over.

 

If you or someone you know is a part of the beverage industry and is in need of financial assistance, please apply for an aid grant here: www.usbgfoundation.org/beap

In addition to the $1 million pledge from Miller, the USBG said that the Irish whiskey company Jameson has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar donations until March 31st up to $100,000.

To make a donation to help unemployed bartenders across the country, click here.

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