New York City Barista Relief Fund

Effective Sunday, March 22, the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone, went into effect to combat the spread of COVID-19. It included a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. 

The local New York City coffee shops that rely upon the incoming workforce from the tri-state area and local residents going for a walk to get a coffee and pastry are clearly impacted and could only look to close their business and hope to return soon. Many of local stores are still stocked with coffee products that are unable to be purchased in-store.

In the meantime, the baristas at your local coffee shop are out of work. Many of these baristas work without traditional protections such as paid sick leave and unemployment insurance, and are at a disproportionate risk of financial hardship in the best of times.

While the governments work toward securing aid, companies like Bean&Bean, Birch Coffee, The Chai Company, Oatly, Odeko and others are looking to build a New York City Barista Relief Fund to provide grants to baristas experiencing any economic hardship as a result of COVID-19.

This is the mission of #NYLOVESCOFFEE. Sell the coffee products stuck inside the stores as limited edition kits to the people that want them. Then use the proceeds to fund New York City Barista Relief financial assistance program to cover essential expenses not covered by government relief programs.

Applications for a relief fund grant open on Monday, April 6, 2020. Please apply here.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for relief fund grant assistance from the New York City Barista Relief Fund, recipients must satisfy all of the following requirements:
  1. Be a New York City barista who resides in the United States. New York City is defined as Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx.
  2. Experience a sudden loss of their employment at a New York City coffee shop as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
  3. Provide information about the coffee shop you were working at and an employer referral.
  4. Provide a photo image of your work as a barista.

Selection Criteria

Each grant applicant will be reviewed by the #NYLOVESCOFFEE team for completion and to confirm details. Grants will be awarded randomly by the team  on a nondiscriminatory basis upon reviewing the application and confirming any additional facts and circumstances as necessary. Grants will be awarded weekly. Grant value will be of $500 based upon the projected the sales contribution from #NYLOVESCOFFEE.

Grants will be made in the form of lump sum distribution to each award recipient. Grant recipients will be required to provide payment detail documentation so the grant payment can be made safely and remotely. All data is kept confidential and secure.

Big Thanks

#NYLOVESCOFFEE is made possible by the generous support of Bean&Bean, Birch Coffee, The Chai CompanyOatly and Odeko. We all need to do our part to help.