The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has donated US$205,000 to Go Fund Bean and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LHF), both of which are supporting Louisiana coffee businesses and coffee workers whose hours have been impacted by Hurricane Ida.
This amount represents 50 per cent of all attendee revenue generated by the 2021 Specialty Coffee Expo.
Go Fund Bean and the LHF are partner organisations that collect applications and process grants to businesses and hourly coffee workers, supporting the Louisiana hospitality industry during crises.
The SCA says it is proud to partner with Go Fund Bean and LHF to support the Louisiana coffee community.
Go Fund Bean will distribute a portion of the US$205,000 to individual hourly coffee workers impacted by Hurricane Ida in the form of US$500 grants. Eligible Louisiana coffee workers in need of assistance are encouraged to apply on Go Fund Bean’s website here.
The LHF will distribute grants of US$1000 to coffee businesses in the 25 Louisiana parishes identified as devastated areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Depending on the number of applications received and the number of additional donations from the global coffee community, the LHF hopes to award higher dollar amounts to grantees.
Louisiana coffee business owners may apply for these funds on the LHF website here.
“The SCA staff and volunteer leadership are thankful to the New Orleans coffee community for hosting the Specialty Coffee Expo this past week,” says the Specialty Coffee Association.
“We hope that this donation will help businesses and hourly coffee workers as they continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic and the recent storm.”
The SCA says if any coffee businesses and professionals are interested in being part of this effort, to donate directly to Go Fund Bean and the LHF.