A reminder about Pints&union and the Restaurant Workers Relief Program.

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As a reminder, Pints&union currently is running two separate businesses out of our small building. The first, our involvement with The LEE Initiative, is described below by the newspaper’s reporter Brooke McAfee.

The second runs Wednesday – Saturday, with business-as-unusual; carryout meals and drinks (including adult libations) for the general public.

All of us at the pub thank you for (a) your donations to support our involvement with the Restaurant Workers Relief Program, and (b) your patronage v.v. curbside pickups.

Pints & Union partners with LEE Initiative to feed local service industry workers, by Brooke McAfee (Hanson’s Folly)

NEW ALBANY — A downtown New Albany pub is part of a national initiative offering relief to service industry workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pints & Union is among the 19 restaurants across the country partnering with the Louisville-based LEE Initiative for its Restaurant Workers Relief Program. With the help of grants and community donations, the New Albany restaurant is providing free groceries each week to local restaurant workers in Southern Indiana who have been laid off or faced a major reduction in hours and/or pay.

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RELIEF PROGRAM INSTRUCTIONS

Groceries available for pickup on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pints & Union, 114 E. Market Street

1. Bring photo ID, recent pay stub

2. Pull car into alley beside Pints & Union, park near open door

3. Only take a feminine hygiene bag if you or someone in family needs one.

4. Only approach table to pick up bag/box of groceries after volunteer has reentered building. No one except volunteers are allowed in building.

To donate to Pints & Union’s relief effort, visit The Lee Initiative. On the drop-down menu on its donation page, choose Southern Indiana (New Albany).

People can donate supplies such as hygiene products through the restaurant’s Amazon Wish List.

In addition to food and monetary donations, they have received other forms of support from the community. Orange Clover in Jeffersonville recently provided them with a freezer, and MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen in New Albany lets Pints & Union use its kitchen when needed, according to (owner Joe) Phillips.

Phillips said seeing small, independent restaurants rallying together to support their communities been a source of hope amid the pandemic, and he is grateful for the support Pints & Union has received from both the LEE Initiative and those in the Southern Indiana community.

“It’s not just the ones in need — the ones who don’t need anything are so supportive of us, and being an operation of four or five people, we’re just a really small outlet that’s been able to have a wide impact,” he said. “We couldn’t have continued to do without the LEE Initiative, Samtec, other donors and all those supported us.”

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