Promoting, educating and advocating for Delaware’s restaurant industry since 1965.

Help the Industry Workers that Serve Us All


The Delaware Restaurant Association, through its 501c3 Education Foundation (DRAEF) has formed the restaurant industry Emergency Action Trust (E.A.T.s) to provide immediate emergency funding to hospitality workers. The Trust, funded by private, community and individual donations, will distribute individual $500 grants to our frontline industry employees during these uncertain times of mandated restaurant shutdowns.

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Benefiting: Delaware Restaurant Association’s EAT (Emergency Action Trust) Fund

Click here for more info & to donate today!

Now is the Time to Act

We all have that favorite neighborhood bistro, that great bartender at your favorite pub, the server who always has a smile for you….now they time they need your help. As a result of the mandatory closing of dine-in services at all Delaware restaurants, over 11,000 workers have already filed for unemployment benefits, after having been laid off or had their hours drastically reduced. Restaurant owners, with little to no notice about the shutdowns, had no choice but to face the horrible reality of letting much of their staff go. And with 78% of individuals live paycheck to paycheck, our help is critical to the livelihood of our industry workers and their families.


Please consider a donation to help provide relief to those restaurant workers in critical need of supplemental income during the restaurant shutdowns. Many can and have filed for unemployment benefits, but many are in dire need of additional income until restaurants are allowed to reopen. 100% of all donations will go directly to the restaurant industry Emergency Action Trust (EATs), and donors will receive a taxable donation letter upon receipt of their donation.



Due to overwhelming interest in the EATs fund, we have paused taking new applications until we are able to provide grants for all those that have applied. If new funding is secured, we will absolutely re-open the application and begin taking in new applicants. Please check back frequently for updates.


Please email all inquiries to

Thank you to our many generous donors!

DE EATs has been supported by donations from these charitable foundations, local companies, plus hundreds of generous individual donations!

The Dogfish Head Beer
& Benevolence Foundation
The Rehoboth Foodie/Touch of Italy
Scholarship Foundation



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  • Dewey Beer Co.
  • Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
  • La Tonalteca
  • Bacchus Importers
  • Wente Vineyards
  • Buckley’s Autocare
  • Rehoboth Ale House