The hospitality industry is what keeps Southwest Florida surviving and thriving; those involved in this industry spend their days making their patrons feel special and taken care of and we believe we can do more to take care of them.

One in six restaurant workers lives below the poverty line, and less than 25% have access to employer sponsored insurance. “Affordable” health insurance plans have deductibles over $2000 with monthly premiums averaging $450. Couple those figures with an average hourly wage of $12.91 (tips included), lack of paid sick days and no retirement fund, you can see why the workers within the restaurant industry are often one crisis away from financial devastation.
We are here to help
To date we have assisted 38 families giving out a total of $17,000. 

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"I have been in the industry as a server/bartender for almost 10 years when I was laid off unexpectedly due to COVID. I was scared and stressed (understatement) and immediately applied for unemployment. Months of waiting and bills stacking up I was ready to just give up. My little family was struggling with no help in sight when one day I came across Put It On Pete's Tab. From the moment I reached out to them they have been there for me. They made me feel like I was no longer alone, someone had finally heard my cry for help and was there to save my family that was sinking fast! Words cannot Express the amount of gratitude I have for these ANGELS. I can finally breathe! My family THANKS YOU from the bottom of our hearts! Keep doing what you do and I will be here to help pay it forward in any way I can. I 💜 Put It On Pete's Tab!"
— A grateful and no longer stressed mommy

"Hello there! I just wanted to say thank you sooooo much! I got the box of diapers yesterday and the 4 cans of formula came today! You guys are absolutely incredible and I am thankful for this. It’s definitely gonna take some weight off my shoulders. Finding out they're stopping the $600 a week for unemployment had me down and worried about bills coming up but this absolutely just turned my day around. Thank you so much again!!"
"Again I cannot thank you three enough for not only helping me and my children but some of my friends and anyone in this industry. You are angels and I don't think you realize what you're doing for people. I cannot stress to you enough how amazing and beautiful this is. If it weren't for you I don't know how I would have gotten by last month... I'll never be able to repay you back for what you have done for me but I made a promise to you that I will always pay it forward in [Pete's] name and I will continue to do so. forever."

Through generous donations we are able to provide financial assistance to those in the restaurant industry that need a little help. We know that most workers in the hospitality industry are one paycheck away from financial devastation and that a bad night at work can be the difference between paying rent or not.


Look how far the Put It On Pete's Tab community stretches!

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