The Sunday Supper Designates Relief Funds for Hurricane Dorian Long-Term Recovery Efforts
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The Sunday Supper Designates Relief Funds for
Hurricane Dorian Long-Term Recovery Efforts
Board of Directors Votes to Authorize Use of Relief Funds for
Qualifying Business Grants
Raleigh, North Carolina, September 11, 2019—Today, The Sunday Supper Board of Directors voted unanimously to authorize the board’s grant committee to deploy remaining relief funds to qualifying restaurant owners, farmers and fishermen impacted this year by Hurricane Dorian. Available funds were raised in the Fall of 2018 through a celebrity chef auction co-chaired by Raleigh chefs Scott Crawford and Jake Wood and a downtown lunch for 1,000 ticket holders hosted by The Sunday Supper volunteers.
“We’ve connected locally with people on the front lines helping people in places like Ocracoke and Hatteras recover,” said Willa Kane, The Sunday Supper Board Chair. “Our hearts go out to the people of those small towns. Many of the small businesses there have been impacted—all of which are a vital part of the fabric of these tight-knit coastal communities. They need our help.”
These relief funds were the result of a collaboration between The Sunday Supper and Triangle-area chefs interested in helping small restaurateurs, farmers and fishermen fully recover from Hurricane Florence. To date, Hurricane Florence grants totaling $170,012 have been provided to 13 different businesses from local produce farmers in Pollocksville to oystermen in Harkers Island. With today’s board action, similar businesses will now be able to qualify for Hurricane Dorian relief grants.
“Our experience in administering grants for Hurricane Florence relief showed us that long-term business recovery funding is very difficult to find, yet desperately needed,” said board member and The Sunday Supper co-founder, Joyce Kohn. “The fact that we can identify businesses that show promise of recovering and provide them immediate assistance for long-term relief is welcomed news to those businesses hard hit by hurricanes like Florence and Dorian.”
Business owners of restaurants, small farms and fisheries can apply for a grant online. Grant applications can be found at www.thesundaysupper.org and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
About The Sunday Supper
A non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing people together to help others in need through the supper table, was born out of a national award-winning event (PRSA Non-profit Event of the Year 2016) in November 2016, where 1,000 people were fed from a two-city-block-long table on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Sunday Supper aims to spread the community supper table concept to cities and towns throughout America with the hope of restoring unity in service to others. For more on The Sunday Supper and its board of directors, please visit www.thesundaysupper.org and follow @the_SundaySupper.