Texas Mutual Insurance Company has announced a $50,000 donation to the Texas Restaurant Association’s TX Restaurant Relief Fund, an initiative of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF) that was established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide immediate financial support to Texas’ independent restauranteurs and their employees. The TX Restaurant Relief Fund initiative, established by the TRAEF on March 23, 2020, offers grants of up to $5,000 per independent restaurateur to be used to keep restaurant operations open and their employees working.
“Texas Mutual has been a long-standing and valued partner to the members of our Association,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association and Education Foundation. “We are greatly appreciative of Texas Mutual’s generosity to restaurants across the state, many of which are members of the Texas Mutual Safety Group. Texas Mutual recognizes that restaurants are the heart of our communities, fighting for survival, and that by working together we can support Texas’ many unique independent restaurateurs and their employees at a time when they need it most.”
For more than 20 years, Texas Mutual Insurance Company has been a Preferred Partner of the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), providing members with access to worker's’ compensation policies specifically tailored to the restaurant industry. Texas Mutual has also been a long-time supporter of the TRAEF’s initiatives, including Texas ProStart and ServSuccess, programs designed to support workforce development through high school education and on-the-job training, respectively.
"At Texas Mutual, we know how vital independent restaurants are to the culture and economy of our state," said Rich Gergasko, President and CEO of Texas Mutual Insurance Company. "We have always supported their success and now more than ever, we’re proud to help restaurant owners to keep their doors open and employees working."
The $50,000 donation by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, along with the generosity of others, contributes to the $10 million fundraising goal of the TX Restaurant Relief Fund initiative established by the TRAEF, the 501(c)3 not for profit workforce development arm of the TRA. With 2% of Texas’ restaurants permanently closed as of March 25th and another 12% expected to permanently close before April 25, according to a survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association, distributing these funds to independent restaurateurs is a vital part of ensuring the rich culinary landscape of Texas survives this crisis. Grant recipients will receive up to $5,000 specifically earmarked to not only support restaurants remaining open, but also to ensure their workers remain employed.
About the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation
Established in 1994 by the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation (TRAEF) is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization focused on providing the necessary resources to help restaurateurs confront educational and labor challenges with the latest innovations in education, technology, and training. It is the workforce development arm of the TRA.
The Foundation’s mission is to provide educational opportunities to build and maintain a strong professional foodservice workforce in Texas. The organization’s flagship program is Texas ProStart, an industry-based, two-year high school culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum. Texas ProStart is currently in more than 150 Texas high schools, reaching more than 15,000 students annually. The Foundation has partnered with KidsFit to bring students real-world culinary experience and encourage restaurants to offer an expanded menu with options that are child-friendly yet healthy. In collaboration with Feeding Texas, the TRAEF is working to expand training preparation for a variety of populations to find a career in the restaurant industry.
About Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company, a policyholder-owned company, is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Texas Mutual provides coverage to 44% of the market, representing 70,000 companies, many of which are small businesses. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers’ comp insurance for Texas employers. Helping employers prevent workplace accidents is an important part of Texas Mutual’s mission.