By Anica Padilla

DENVER (CBS4) – A Colorado company has made a donation that will help 20 Black-owned restaurants. Planterra Foods, which is owned by JBS USA, donated $20,000 to the OZO Good Relief Worker Fund. Restaurants that are selected will use the funds to pay for $25 “thank you” gift cards to give to customers — to entice them to come back.

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Planterra Foods, the ​Colorado Restaurant Association​ (CRA),​ and the Colorado Restaurant Foundation​ are launching the OZO Good Relief Worker Fund. It’s part of the “Dine Out to Help Out” campaign to help Black-owned businesses and their employees survive the COVID-19 crisis.

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“Planterra Foods believes these restaurants are a critical part of our communities, and wants to make sure they survive,” said Darcey Macken, Planterra Foods CEO.

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The CRF is accepting applications from restaurants who wish to participate in the program until 11:59 p.m. on March 5.

Once the restaurants are selected, customers dining in and ordering takeout who spend $25 or more will receive a $25 “thank you” gift card to use at the same location during a return visit.

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Find full eligibility requirements and the application at DineOutToHelpOut.com/ozo-grant​.

Anica Padilla