Restaurant Resiliency Program
The Restaurant Resiliency Program is utilizing $100,000 of seed funding from Wells Fargo Bank to partner with area restaurants, caterers, and food trucks to provide hot meals once a week to low-income families and the homeless in Vallejo and Fairfield.
This program is designed to not only benefit vulnerable populations in these communities but also provide additional revenue to small restaurants in Fairfield and Vallejo that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial $100,000 in funding is expected to supply 3,200 meals over a 20-week period beginning in June of 2021.
The hot meals will be prepared by restaurants, caterers, and food truck operators in the cities of Vallejo and Fairfield. The food will be distributed by community partner groups that support low-income families, homeless shelters, and churches that feed the homeless. Restaurants will be reimbursed $25 for every meal prepared. Meals are required to include hot food, a fruit and/or vegetable, and a beverage.
Any restaurant in Vallejo or Fairfield that can provide a pre-packaged hot meal is eligible to participate and invited to complete the online interest form. Please note, priority will be given to restaurants with 15 or less employees. For best consideration, please submit your interest form by May 26, 2021. Restaurants that submit interest forms after May 26 will be considered if additional funding becomes available.
It is the intention of Wells Fargo, the SBDC and the WDB to make this a sustainable program funded through support and donations in our community. A GoFundMe and other fundraisers are planned with the goal of raising an additional $50,000 to match the seed money provided by Wells Fargo.
For additional information, contact:
Brianna Boyd at the Solano SBDC
Q: Where is the funding coming from for this program?
A: The Restaurant Resiliency Program is funded through a $100,000 contribution from Wells Fargo Bank
Q: Who is eligible to serve the dinners?
A: Any restaurant, caterer, or food truck in Vallejo and Fairfield can serve meals through this program
Q: Can I participate in this program if my restaurant is in a city other than Vallejo or Fairfield?
A: At this time, only restaurants in Vallejo and Fairfield can take part in the Restaurant Resiliency Program
Q: Why were these two cities selected?
A: Vallejo and Fairfield were selected because they are the two largest communities in Solano County. If additional funding becomes available, expansion into other Solano County cities is possible.
Q: I am a caterer with a home-based business in Fairfield. Am I eligible?
A: Yes, any caterers or food trucks can participate as long as their business address is in Fairfield or Vallejo
Q: How many meals will each restaurant prepare?
A: Most of our participating restaurants will prepare between 30 and 50 meals on their assigned distribution day
Q: When is the distribution day?
A: All meals are to be delivered to the designated location on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Q: Will I know my distribution night in advance?
A: Yes, we will communicate with all of our participating restaurants weeks in advance of your food distribution date. You will have an assigned point of contact for any questions you may have.
Q: What are the meals required to include?
A: All meals must be pre-packaged by the restaurant and include a hot entrée, fruit and/or vegetable, and a beverage, such as a bottle of water.
Q: What are the requirements for packaging?
A: Any secure, to-go container that you would normally use in your restaurant is acceptable.
Q: Are the restaurant responsible for distributing or serving the meals?
A: No. Restaurants will deliver the packaged meals to an assigned location and the meals will be distributed or served to low-income families and the homeless by community partners.
Q: How will my restaurant be paid?
A: All participating restaurants will receive $25 for every meal prepared. Restaurants will submit their invoices to the Workforce Development Board of Solano County and a check will be issued.