That’s why celebrity food celebrity Guy Fieri worked with the National Educational Association Educational Foundation to raise funds for the foundation’s restaurant employee support fund. And in less than two months, Fieri, known as “The Mayor of Flavortown”, has helped the fund raise over $ 20 million, according to the foundation.
“During these difficult times, the NRAEF’s mission to support the industry’s workforce is more important than ever,” said NRAEF president Rob Gifford in a statement. “With Guy as our champion and the support of so many generous companies, we can help get our family of restaurant workers back on their feet.”
Catering workers who have lost their jobs or suffered a drop in wages can apply for grants from the fund. Following a review process, The fund will provide a one-time $ 500 grant to applicants. More than 60,000 people applied and the fund gave up about 20,000 scholarships.
Due to the high demand, the fund no longer has requests.
Although it was not immediately clear whether citizenship should be eligible for the grant, a social security number is unnecessary to apply.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, millions have been out of work. According to new unemployment numbers released this week, 20.5 million jobs have been lost in April alone, the most sudden and largest drop since the government began monitoring data in 1939.
The unemployment rate in April rose to 14.7%, according to to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – more than the triple of March, when the rate was only 4.4%.
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