Guy Fieri Raises Over $20 Million for Struggling Restaurant Workers

May 10, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs.

Many restaurants continue to be closed due to social distancing orders, and this has caused these businesses to struggle.

Guy Fieri, celebrity chef, has partnered with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to raise money for the foundation’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, reported CNN.

The foundation shared that the chef has helped raise more than $20 million.

Rob Gifford, the NRAEF president, said that during these tough times, it is essential for his organization to support the food business.

“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,” Gifford said.

Workers in the industry who have lost their job or experienced a drop in income can apply for grants from the fund. The fund will provide a $500 one time grant to approved applicants.

So far, more than 60,000 people have applied for this grant. The fund has given out about 20,000 grants. When applying, employees did not need to provide a social security number.

Due to the high demand, the organization is no longer accepting applications.

3.2 million Americans have filed initial claims for unemployment insurance since the beginning of May. The total has now surpassed 33.5 million unemployment claims since mid-March when stay-at-home orders first began. That amount is equal to 21% of the labor force.

In seven weeks, unemployment has soared to levels not seen since World War Two and has topped the prior record of 10.8% in 1982.

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