The service industry is taking a pretty hard hit, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. While social distancing and “shelter in place” orders are important to quell the virus’ spread, it’s also forcing businesses to close their doors.
However, if you’re a restaurant worker who is now struggling financially, Guy Fieri is hoping to help.
Yep, that’s correct. The Mayor of Flavortown himself is launching a relief fund to help impacted restaurant and foodservice workers. Known for indulging in every deluxe dish he can find across the country, Fieri is now going to be handing out deluxe checks.
Fieri has teamed up with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to launch the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. To help, the campaign aims to raise money to give one-time $500 grants to impacted workers in the restaurant industry.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund will start issuing these grants as soon as April. Grants will be given on a first-come first-served basis.
According to a press release, applications for the grants should be available starting April 2. To donate to the campaign, or apply for help, go to rerf.us.
So, how do you qualify for these grants? You need to have worked in the restaurant industry for at least 90 days, with your primary source of income coming from the restaurant industry. On top of that, you have to be experiencing a decrease in wages, or a loss of job as of March 10th.
If anyone knows what it’s like to be a restaurant or foodservice worker, it’s Fieri. This Food Network TV personality served plenty of time in restaurants over the years.
“My entire career has been in the restaurant business,” the Guy’s Grocery Games host said in the press release. “From bussing tables to flambe captain to dishwasher to chef… I’ve done it all.”
He has also hosted Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives since 2006. Because of that, he’s met plenty of other restaurant industry folks in local “greasy spoon” eateries across the U.S. It’s those amazing people who now need help.
“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,” Fieri said. “And let me tell you something, they are the hardest working, most real deal workers you’ve ever met… The heartbeats of their communities.”
He continued, “They need out help and with Restaurant Relief America, we can serve up some support when these restaurant employees need it most… right now.”