National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Guy Fieri launch Restaurant Employee Relief Fund raising millions to send cash grants to restaurant workers facing economic hardship
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced today the creation of a Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF) to support U.S. restaurant workers financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and that industry icon Guy Fieri will lead a nationwide fundraising drive for the Fund via a Restaurant Relief America campaign. Fieri is the renowned chef, restaurateur, author, and Emmy Award Winning television Host of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
The restaurant industry has been devastated by the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, with workers across the nation losing their jobs and livelihood due to forced business closures. The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund has been created to help those struggling workers, with 100 percent of the monies raised going to impacted restaurant workers. Founding Partners of the Fund include PepsiCo, Uber Eats, Constellation Brands, Moët Hennessy USA, Ecolab, Cargill, Boston Beer Company, Shift4 Payments, P&G Professional, The Elliot Group, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and the Light Foundation.
“Early estimates indicate that as many as five to seven million restaurant workers may lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis, and many already have,” said Rob Gifford, President of the NRAEF. “In the face of this pandemic, we are asking the nation to join us in protecting vulnerable restaurant workers through your generous financial support. Please donate online immediately at RERF.US so we can help those in need.”
“My entire career has been in the restaurant business,” said Guy Fieri. “From bussing tables to flambe captain to dishwasher to chef… I’ve done it all. 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 and let me tell you something, they are the hardest working, most real deal workers you’ve ever met… the heartbeats of their communities. But they need our help and with Restaurant Relief America, we can serve up some support when these restaurant employees need it most… right now.”
“Foodservice workers are facing unprecedented financial challenges and need support for everyday needs such as housing, childcare, and groceries,” said Anne Fink, President of PepsiCo Global Foodservice. “We need to provide relief to our friends, neighbors and customers to weather this storm so the restaurant industry can return more resilient than ever.”
100 percent of all donations will go directly to restaurant workers in need. Starting April 2, 2020, impacted restaurant workers will be able to apply online for a one-time, $500 check to use towards housing, transportation, utilities, child-care, groceries, medical bills and/or student loans. These grants will be administered by the NRAEF and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
March 31, 2020 at 10:13 pm
I been at Red Lobster for 13 years plus I came here to change my life. My life definitely ain’t no crystal stair but some how I’m still here. We are all in this together. I haven’t worked in almost 2 weeks but I’m still here. Please be compassionate and show love because God is Love. Be safe everyone and I love you
April 1, 2020 at 7:12 pm
Guy you are doing an amazing job! We donated because we love our servers!
Brittany D Bryant
April 2, 2020 at 12:16 am
Im trying to apply.. it’s asking for username and password?? But no option to set up.. how do I do that
Kylee D Bowman
April 2, 2020 at 12:27 am
It keeps asking for a password and username but there s no place to set up one. So I cant apply for help. What do I need to do?
April 2, 2020 at 2:01 pm
Did you figure it out!? I’m stuck on tnat login too && can’t apply!!
Tina H Russell
April 2, 2020 at 9:58 am
Same here keeps asking for user name and password but no option to make one
April 2, 2020 at 10:19 am
April 2, 2020 at 10:20 am
Proving GUY is a douchebag
April 2, 2020 at 12:05 pm
I cant get on to apply cause asking for username and password but not giving the option to create one????
April 2, 2020 at 12:15 pm
I’m trying to apply as well and it keeps asking for username and password. Does anyone know What to do?
April 2, 2020 at 1:59 pm
How do I make a login!!?
April 3, 2020 at 4:47 pm
Still doing the same thing today asking for username and password but no way to set it up! That’s after 2 days basically yesterday and today getting mostly server busy unable to connect. I appreciate the sentiment but how do we apply???
April 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm
it is asking for a user name and password
… help please.
April 3, 2020 at 4:51 pm
how do i make a login?
April 6, 2020 at 9:33 am
please give a name and password none of us can get past this to apply…help asap!
April 6, 2020 at 9:43 am
AllOnGeorgia is not the administrator of any of this – we merely published the information. You’ll have to contact the entities involved if you’re having issues.
April 10, 2020 at 12:51 am
What the heck.. 😟 ughhh.. It’s my luck