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American Beer Icon Donates $1 Million to the Nation’s Bartenders and Restaurant Workers

The restaurant industry is on life support, and one of the beer world’s most recognizable names is coming to the rescue.

While it is certainly true that this global pandemic will pass, there is no telling what America is going to look like on the other side of COVID-19.

The virus is scary enough on its own.  It appears to be three times more contagious than the common flu, and may live on surfaces for up to 17 days according to the CDC.  COVID-19 is a killer, literally, and has been targeting the elderly and at-risk populations disproportionately…at least in a medical sense.

But that doesn’t mean that the young are safe – far from it – and even though the mortality rate among younger patients is far more hopeful than it is for the elderly, these young people are bearing the brunt of the economic impact that COVID-19 carries.  Many, who work in the bar or restaurant industry, will be out of work for weeks, with no immediate relief to be found.

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That’s why Miller-Coors is dropping a pretty penny on charity this week.

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Taps are off, but tips are needed. That’s the message from Miller officials — donating $1 million to support bartenders out of work due to the coronavirus.

The announcement was made on the Miller Lite Twitter page on March 20.

Luckily, there was already some infrastructure in place for the funds.

The donation was made to the USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) National Charity Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance program. The organization set up a “Virtual Tip Jar” to help bartenders not working after Governor Tony Evers ordered bars and restaurants to close except for carryout or delivery in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from this service industry slump, the application to receive grant funds from the USBG can be found here.

To make a donation, click here.

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