The coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected every industry across the world. But, with lockdowns and stay-at-home orders keeping people from eating out, the restaurant and foodservice businesses have been greatly impacted. A survey from the National Restaurant Association showed that more than 8 million restaurant employees had been laid off or furloughed since the beginning of the coronavirus. On average, restaurant and foodservice sales were down more than 80 percent in each segment.
And in Maryland, the state that McCormick & Company has called home for more than 130 years, the impact to local restaurants and foodservice providers has been no exception.
McCormick is doing its part to give back. That’s why OLD BAY, McCormick For Chefs, and the COREcares Foundation teamed up to introduce the Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund.
The fund is offering up to $2,500 in grants to independent restaurants and bars directly affected by the pandemic in the state of Maryland. OLD BAY and McCormick For Chefs started the fund with a $100,000 donation. All funds raised have gone directly to the restaurant and foodservice operators.