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Guy Fieri Launches Relief Fund for Restaurant Workers Without Jobs

Guy Fieri is no new name nor face to New Orleans. He visits quite frequently and many local favorites including Katie’s Restaurant, Piece of Meat, and Joey K’s have gotten some TV time on his television show Diners, Drive In’s, and Dives. Recently, his latest venture is a huge one that will help restaurant workers struggling financially due to COVID-19. 

Fieri has teamed up with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to launch the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. The fund will give one-time $500 grants to impacted workers and can be received as soon as April. Donations are accepted.

To apply for the grant, visit here.

Applications will open on April 2 and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those meeting their eligibility criteria. View the qualifications below:

  • 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.


The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. These grants will be made on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability of funds. 100% of the Fund’s proceeds will go to providing grants to restaurant workers. This Fund is operated by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, whose mission is to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers.

To apply for the grant, visit here.

Featured image via Food Network.

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