Agave & Rye Asks Restaurants to Donate Healthcare Supplies

Agave & Rye, a modern Tequila and Bourbon Hall, based in Covington, Kentucky, has inspired a statewide drive that calls upon Ohio and Kentucky area restaurants and bars to rally, in spite of America’s current health crisis. In the wake of massive restaurant and bar closures across the nation, Agave & Rye has donated its supply of latex gloves to the healthcare industry, where the need for personal protective equipment is dire and real. As well, the restaurant leader is encouraging other like-minded restaurants to join forces with Agave & Rye to do the same through a Gloves on Hand cause campaign. Today’s restaurants impacted by COVID-19 may no longer be able to serve food and drink from their menus, but they do have a resource that can be donated and used in a very practical way within the healthcare field. Now through May 15, restaurateurs are encouraged to visit to learn about ways to donate, and to participate in this cause campaign that can impact so many in need right now.

Concern about the coronavirus spreading in China triggered a run on global supplies of equipment used to protect health workers from infection. Armed with that knowledge, the World Health Organization reported that stockpiles were depleted and producers were already reporting four to six-month waits for new supplies. In another article, The New York Times shared similar sentiments, “Doctors and nurses who get sick can’t provide care for their patients, putting a tremendous strain on a health care system that is already in need of resources.” By joining the call to provide what they can, restaurants are being asked to follow Agave & Rye’s initiative to give what they can – which amounts to their ongoing inventory of latex gloves – thereby turning a dire situation into one of hope and community.    

“The COVID-19 crisis has hurt so many entrepreneurs across the nation, with restaurants and bars being one of the first industries impacted,” says Yavonne Sarber, founder of Agave & Rye. “As a restaurant owner, it’s heartbreaking to experience. We knew, if we weren’t able to serve guests in our restaurants, we had to do something… and, this is a very practical way to help the foodservice industry to rise up and give back, despite the challenges so many of us are facing. We still have latex gloves to contribute, and encouraging others gives us the hope that we need to survive this terrible dilemma.”

Ohio and Northern Kentucky restaurants are encouraged to participate now. Agave & Rye has set up a giving website, where restaurants can pledge to also donate their latex gloves and to learn more, including confirmed drop off locations. To join the rally to protect America’s healthcare workers, restaurateurs can visit, now through May 15.

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