Unemployed F&B Employees: Get Your Free Meals!

It’s no question that the Coronavirus is taking quite a significant toll on the Charleston community, from healthcare employees getting sick, to beaches being closed amidst beautiful 80 degree weather, and restaurants having to close their dining rooms and resort to strictly take-out and delivery. Because the restaurants have had to close their doors, they’ve also had to make the very difficult decision to lay off the majority of their employees. Many F&B employees rely on their income to support their families, so for some, this is taking a major toll on their daily lives.

Fortunately, Charleston has a very supportive restaurant community and there are many restaurants and restaurant groups that are coming together to provide meals to F&B employees in need. Below, I’ve got a list of all the restaurants and restaurant groups that are participating. If you are an F&B employee or know someone who is and is in need, make sure to take note!

  • Lewis Barbecue:  Head to Lewis BBQ on Thursdays for FREE hatch red chile and cheese smothered beef burritos, served with pinto beans and spanish rice for the first 100 people to order. Must order ahead online.

TO ORDER: Click here. Then enter the promo code, CHSstrong. You’ll get 20% off any additional items ordered as well.

  • Pay it Forward Charleston: Started by Butcher and Bee, this program will be offering up FREE groceries to F&B employees. Groceries will consist of excess local veggies and other goods that local farmers have to spare. Instead of spoiling and filling a landfill, the restaurants are purchasing the fresh produce at a large discount and donating them to F&B employees in the form of a weekly bag of groceries. Check back for more info on how to sign up!
  • Full Belly, Full Hearts: Charleston Hospitality Group is partnering with their food supplier to create a way for hospitality workers and overworked healthcare providers, as well as first responders to come get a free meal or volunteer work serving their fellow F&B employees. The program started this past Monday and will be serving food 7 days a week from 8am-8pm at all Toast locations. You can come to the restaurant at any time and they will serve the food in boxes to you though your car. You can also have your food delivered by calling 843-822-0011. Meals are limited to 1 per day.


  • Sorghum and Salt: Sorghum and Salt is partnering with Growfood Carolina to provide 50 FREE meals to those in the service industry who have lost their jobs. Call 843-872-6393 anytime from 5-7pm to add your name to the list and come pick it up.



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