This is why Guy Fieri, a famous culinary personality, has partnered with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to raise funds for the foundation’s Relief Relief Fund. And in less than two months, Fieri, nicknamed “the mayor of Flavortown,” helped the fund raise more than $ 20 million, according to the foundation.
“In these difficult times, NRAEF’s mission to support the industry workforce is more important than ever,” said Rob Gifford, President of NRAEF, in a statement. “With Guy as champion and support from so many generous businesses, we can help get our family of restaurateurs back on their feet. “
Catering workers who have lost their jobs or who have suffered a drop in wages can apply for grants from the fund. Following a review process, the fund will provide a one-time grant of $ 500 to applicants. Over 60,000 people applied and the fund distributed around 20,000 grants.
Due to the high demand, the fund no longer takes requests.
Although it was not immediately clear whether citizenship is required to be eligible for the grant, a social security number is not required to apply.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people have been out of work. According to new unemployment figures released this week, 20.5 million jobs were lost in April alone, the sharpest and largest drop since the government started tracking the data in 1939.
The unemployment rate in April rose to 14.7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – more than triple that of March, when it was only 4.4%.