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There’s no more time to wait. Independent restaurants and workers need Congress’s help before it’s too late.

Click here to sign the Independent Restaurant Coalition's letter to Congress urging relief

OR click the appropriate link to contact your state's senator directly:

• North Carolina Residents:  Senator Richard Burr (link here)
• South Carolina Residents:  Senator Tim Scott (link here)


Dear Senator ___________________,

My name is _______________ and I’m a constituent in ___________________. I’m emailing you today to urge you to support the bipartisan RESTAURANTS Act. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly tragic for the United States’ independent restaurant community and they are in desperate need of aid to help them survive the coming months. 

Independent restaurants employ 11 million people across the country with 5 million more employed by farms, fisheries, and distribution centers that make up their supply chain. 85% of these restaurants are facing permanent closure if they aren’t included in meaningful government relief. Many of these independent restaurants are small businesses themselves and are vital to creating thriving small business communities in cities and towns of all sizes. Restaurant owners and employees have risen to every occasion throughout this pandemic, quickly pivoting their businesses and footing the bill for increased staff hours and sanitation protocols to keep their guests safe. 

All of these costs come at a time when their revenues nationwide are down 85%, and our local community in _______ is no exception. Government officials at all levels have urged Americans to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, but with no major stimulus to the industries that have suffered the most as Americans have worked to keep each other safe. Please consider signing on and lobbying for the RESTAURANTS Act before the end of the year. NC/SC can’t afford to lose any more independent restaurants. 
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any follow up questions,

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