How to Take Action
When the Restaurant Revitalization Fund portal opened in May 2021, it was funded with only $28.6 billion — not nearly enough to meet the needs of the almost 300,000 restaurants and bars that applied for relief.
The House recently passed H.R.3807, which would allocate $42 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Now, the Senate must take swift action to finish the job and refill the RRF. We anticipate the Senate will vote the week of May 16th. Please take action today, here's how:
#1 CALL YOUR SENATOR
Dial 202-224-3121 and use the script and talking points below. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, don't hesitate to call often — and ask your friends and colleagues to join you!
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in [CITY, STATE]. I'm urging you to support additional relief for independent restaurants by voting YES to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Nearly 200,000 restaurants didn't receive funding through the initial RRF grant program, and many of these small businesses risk closing permanently. The Senate’s upcoming vote is our industry’s last chance for relief. I'm calling today to ask that Senator [NAME] vote yes to Replenish the RRF.
Include details about your own connection to restaurants, especially if you own a restaurant or bar or work at one, and how the pandemic has impacted you. Personal details like this matter and can help persuade legislators!
TALKING POINTS TO SHARE:
Restaurant owners and workers have been fighting for over two years to stay afloat during the unpredictable challenges of COVID-19.
More than 90,000 restaurants and bars around the country have closed during the pandemic, and thousands more are hanging on by a thread, taking out loans and selling personal assets just to keep their businesses afloat.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) in 2021 helped keep 101,000 independent restaurants and bars open.
But nearly 200,000 businesses did not receive funding and now four out of five of these restaurants are at risk of closing forever.
The Senate’s upcoming vote on the RRF is our last chance to save tens of thousands of beloved restaurants from closure.
There is one solution to all these problems: prioritizing urgent relief for restaurants and voting to replenish the RRF.
#2 EMAIL YOUR SENATOR
Send emails to your senators using our quick and easy tool — this important action takes less than a minute!
#3 POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Share this graphic and caption with your networks:
The Senate is voting on replenishing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and we need you to call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to vote YES. #ReplenishRRF