Charles River Chamber Teaming With Local Restaurants to Provide Food Assistance, Resources for Eateries

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The following announcement was provided by the Charles River Chamber:

Food Assistance Grant Program – Applications Now Open

The chamber has received funding to support independent Watertown restaurants while providing food assistance to local residents in need. We’ll be ordering individually packaged meals from restaurant partners (at a flat rate of $20 per meal plus tax) to distribute to local food pantries, senior and family programs and other persons in need within the city.

Right now, we’re gauging interest and potential meal offerings (that would be both well balanced, but also profitable for your restaurant) via this Restauarnt Partner Application Form. After you are approved as a restaurant partner, we’ll reach out with more specifics as to individual order dates, quantities, etc. The program will launch late March, extend at least through the spring and we hope to support as many Watertown restaurants as possible through this initiative.

Here’s a link the application form again and if you have any questions at all please email me ( or give me a call at 617-916-9064.

Dining Collaborative – Resources and Support Group for Restaurant Owners

Our Charles River Dining Collaborative hosts open meetings (via zoom) every other Tuesday at 9 a.m. for restaurant owners throughout Newton, Needham, Watertown and Wellesley. It’s an opportunity to connect with industry peers and also connect with resources to help restaurant owners navigate the ever-changing landscape of the current business environment. Led by Jay Spencer, owner of French Press Bakery the group tackles issues like outdoor dining, tax/ grant programs, supply issues and so much more. RSVP by replying to this email (or contact if you’d be interested in learning more/ attending an upcoming meeting. You don’t have to attend every meeting- but we’ll keep you informed about upcoming topics and agenda items.  

Next meeting: March 29 9 a.m ( we’ll be joined by immigration lawyer) 

As your local chamber of commerce, we’re committed to supporting the amazing small businesses within our communities.  I hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at all. 

One thought on “Charles River Chamber Teaming With Local Restaurants to Provide Food Assistance, Resources for Eateries

  1. “(at a flat rate of $20 per meal plus tax)”
    Is very inflationary to me.
    Shouldn’t you put it out to restaurants first to see what they would/could do?
    If you are looking to just give them money then just do it but don’t contribute to inflation.
    Think about all the minimum wage workers who will now have to be looking at 20 bucks just to get a sandwich.

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