#HelpDeHoreca is a national initiative to support restaurants, bars and café’s
By Alexis Veenendaal
It’s no surprise to many that many businesses are suffering from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the closure of the catering industry, restaurants are temporarily without income. However, a pioneering new scheme is helping restaurants stay afloat, and it’s by selling future dinners.
Here’s how it works
To keep your favourite restaurants afloat, you can now buy a voucher to be used at a future date. On the website ‘Help de Horeca’ they provide a list of dozens of restaurants in your area now selling these vouchers. Just enter your area and check out the selection. Buying a voucher helps keep the lights on. Plus, you have something nice to look forward to as soon as their doors are reopened.
What can I do with the vouchers?
You can use the vouchers as a nice celebration once the social distancing has ended, or you can send them as a friendly gift to loved ones and friends. You simply purchase the voucher online, and receive it via email or through your postbox.
Who is behind it?
The idea is the result of tens of companies around the HoReCa (Hotels, Restaurants, Catering) sector in the Netherlands. The main two supporters are online card and gift voucher service Gifty, and Koninklijke Horeca Nederland. Other supporters include everyone from Brugse Zot and Heineken beers, to Tikkie and Friesland Campina.
These vouchers are an opportunity for us to help out our local businesses. You can use the hashtag #HelpDeHoreca to spread the word.