Guy Fieri Heads a New Initiative to Help Restaurant Workers Displaced By the Wuhan Coronavirus

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Posted: Mar 29, 2020 3:00 PM
Guy Fieri Heads a New Initiative to Help Restaurant Workers Displaced By the Wuhan Coronavirus

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Food Network's Guy Fieri on Friday announced his partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. They launched a new initiative known as the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, which provides displaced restaurant industry employees with a one-time $500 check. 

“My entire career has been in the restaurant business. From bussing tables to flambe captain to dishwasher to chef…I’ve done it all," Fieri said in a statement. “I’ve also spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling this great country meeting other folks who’ve dedicated their lives to this business and let me tell you something, they are the hardest working, most real deal workers you’ve ever met…the heartbeats of their communities. But they need our help and with Restaurant Relief America, we can serve up some support when these restaurant employees need it most…right now.”

Qualifications include:

  • Worked on a part- or full-time basis in the restaurant industry for at least 90 days in the past year; and
  • Have had a primary source of income in the restaurant industry for the last year; and
  • Have experienced a decrease in wages or loss of job on or after March 10, 2020; and
  • Live in the United States, an overseas U.S. military base, or any U.S. territory; and
  • Are over the age of legal majority in their U.S. state or territory.

Funds from the grant can be used how the recipient sees fit, including medical bills, food, child care, rent or mortgage and student loan payments.

Applications are due on April 2nd. To apply click here.