Honest Tea Founders Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas Launch Eat the Change® Impact Grants

Couple will donate $1 million over three years with focus on link between diet and climate.

Social Entrepreneurs Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas announced today the launch of a new grants program, Eat the Change® Impact. They plan to donate $1 million ($335,000 per year) over the next three years to national and community-based nonprofits to promote more planet-friendly foods.

Grant applications will be open from April 1- May 15, 2020. All applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and all grants will be awarded by August 1, 2020.

“There’s a lot of anxiety about what’s going on in the world. But there’s one part of our lives everyone is empowered to control, and that’s the food choices we make,” said Seth Goldman. Goldman is a Founder of Honest Tea, PLNT Burger and is Chair of the Board of Beyond Meat.

“Planet-friendly diets do not have to be economically or geographically exclusive,” said Julie Farkas. “There are significant gaps in terms of information and access to planet-friendly diets, but we hope these grants will help close those gaps.”

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Tyme Commerce Waives Account Fees for All of 2020, Launches Gift Card Program for Restaurants

Tyme announced that all fees will be waived for restaurants who register on its meal-ordering platform, allowing small businesses to quickly accept take-out orders.

Restaurants are permitted to offer take-out and delivery during California’s state-wide stay-at-home order that went into effect last week amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We wanted to offer restaurants that do not have the ability to allow their customers to order ahead for pickup to set up an account with us for free,” said Robert Marhamat, Chairman of Tyme. Fees will be waived for new restaurant operators for the remainder of 2020.

Additionally, restaurant owners are now able to sell gift cards (with no fees) directly on the Tyme platform, giving loyal customers the opportunity to support their favorite local restaurants during these challenging times.

“This is our way of giving back and helping restaurateurs propel business for the rest of 2020 without thinking about another cost,” said Marhamat. “As a younger San Francisco-based startup, we want to partner with these small business owners to ensure that independent restaurants can focus on getting their business back up and running.”

“This is a tough time for all of us, and while we have felt the impact ourselves, we are willing to make sacrifices in order to help lift up these local establishments”

About Tyme Commerce

Tyme Commerce is a personalized end-to-end food platform that customizes the world around you to your likes and preferences. With Tyme, consumers use personalized menus and an intelligent digital concierge to order from their favorite merchants. Merchants are able to customize orders and use the rich analytics data that they receive to connect better with their customers and provide a superior experience.

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The Lee Initiative’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program Expands Nationally

Program to provide assistance to furloughed restaurant workers expands to multiple cities

In response to massive layoffs in the hospitality industry due to the COVID-19 outbreak nationwide, Chef Edward Lee, in partnership with The LEE Initiative and Maker’s Mark, launched The Restaurant Workers Relief Program. This program started on Tuesday, March 17 out of the catering kitchen of Lee’s restaurant, 610 Magnolia, and was able to serve over 400 individuals in the restaurant industry who had recently become unemployed.

The overwhelming response from the community inspired other chefs around the country to create similar programs, working directly with The LEE Initiative and Maker’s Mark. Restaurant workers must bring in proof of recent employment (paystubs will suffice) and will receive hot meals, toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers, formula, personal hygiene items, and more. Times, days and exact details vary between relief centers.

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New National Dining Bonds Initiative Aims to Support Restaurants Facing Financial Crisis from Coronavirus

Diners Can Invest in the Future of the Industry Now, at a Savings

Due to the impact that the coronavirus Covid-19 is having on the restaurant community, a team of restaurant industry veterans led by HP-PR and Hall PR have set into motion a nationwide initiative to help get funds into the hands of restaurants now.

To help ensure the survival of these restaurants, many of which are family-owned, the PR industry has banded together to create a campaign called “Dining Bonds.” These bonds work just like savings bonds, where guests can purchase a bond at a value rate today, to be redeemed for full face value in the future.

The dining bonds are being offered by participating restaurants across the country at a suggested savings of 25% when purchased. For example, a $100 bond will sell for $75 and would be redeemed for full value on or after the redemption date, typically 30 – 60 days after purchase.

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Webinar on the Vital Importance of Local Advertising in Tough Times

Why Restaurants, Small Businesses Need to Get a Positive Message Out to Loyal Customers

Targetable, the fast-growing ad tech platform for the restaurant industry and small businesses, will host a free video webinar on Thursday, March 19 to discuss the best practices for customer retention and acquisition in the current business environment, including the importance of smart, proactive local messaging to address concerns connected to the spread coronavirus.

The 45-minute webinar, featuring Targetable CEO Vlad Edelman and Michael Moran, CEO of the global risk consultancy Transformative, will take place at 11AM Pacific Time (2PM Eastern / 1800 GMT) on Thursday, March 19. A question and answer period of 15 minutes will follow. Registration is free on Targetable’s website (www.targetable.com/webinar), with the first 100 registered participants receiving a matching $100 credit from Targetable for their first ad campaign.
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The Makers of Happy Little Plants® Products Support the National Young Farmers Coalition

The makers of the Happy Little Plants® products have announced a donation of $10,000 to support the efforts of the National Young Farmers Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to agriculture and helping young farmers.

The Happy Little Plants® brand is a new plant-forward protein offering from Hormel Foods. The brand’s flagship product is a ground plant-based protein alternative containing 20 grams of non-GMO plant protein, with no preservatives, no cholesterol and is gluten-free.

According to Bryan Kreske, manager of the Hormel Foods business incubator, supporting the next generation of farmers reshaping the country’s agriculture systems is important to the Happy Little Plants® brand and Hormel Foods. “We are excited to support the efforts of the National Young Farmers Coalition and look forward to additional opportunities to work together in the future to expand our efforts and make a difference.”

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Bob Evans Farms Annual Heroes To CEOs Contest Accepting Applications February 17 Through March 20

America’s Favorite Refrigerated Dinner Sides Company to Award Veteran-Owned Businesses $50,000 in Grants

 

 

Bob Evans Farms, Inc. announced today that the annual Our Farm Salutes grant-giving program Heroes to CEOs is accepting applications starting today, February 17, 2020 at 9 a.m. ET, and will remain open through March 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Now entering its fourth year, Heroes to CEOs helps support veteran entrepreneurs who need role models and mentors that understand their journey after life in the military, and can provide support at every level, no matter where they are on the path toward success.

“Heroes to CEOs is a program that allows veteran entrepreneurs to pitch their business to an esteemed panel of executives with a reputable corporate background for a chance to ultimately win a business grant,” said Mark Delahanty, President and CEO, Bob Evans Farms. “In the last several years, the Heroes to CEOs program has made a big difference for veteran entrepreneurs. Not only have the former grant winners successfully furthered their businesses, but they have created a community with ongoing relationships and mentorship with one another and our partners.”

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Goya Foods Offers $20,000 Culinary Arts & Food Science Scholarships To Four Students Nationwide

Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, offers $20,000 Culinary Arts and Food Science Scholarships, granted annually, to four students nationwide entering their freshman year of college with an undergraduate degree in culinary arts and/or a food science.

Goya’s Culinary Arts Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to students entering an accredited two-year or four-year institution. Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000 awarded per academic year starting in Fall 2020 and are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains eligible to receive funding, totaling $20,000.

“Goya has a long-standing history of giving back to the community and implementing educational programs to help strengthen the development and growth of our youth and educational systems,” says Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President of Goya Foods. “The Goya Scholarship Fund acts, not only as a symbol of our appreciation to our community, but helps promote the importance of higher education.”

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