Coronavirus: Guy Fieri, National Restaurant Association launch fund for restaurant employees

WASHINGTON — Are you an out-of-work restaurant employee looking for assistance during the coronavirus pandemic? Food Network star Guy Fieri and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation may be able to help.

>> Coronavirus checklist: 100-plus disinfectants that may kill coronavirus on surfaces

In a Friday news release, the celebrity chef and the organization announced that they have launched the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, which aims “to support U.S. restaurant workers financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”

>> Coronavirus symptoms: What you need to know

Beginning Thursday, restaurant workers can apply for a one-time, $500 grant from the campaign “to use toward housing, transportation, utilities, child care, groceries, medical bills and/or student loans,” the release said. Applicants must have worked in the industry for 90 days or more during the last year, be able to demonstrate that the industry was their primary income source, and have lost pay or their job on March 10 or later, according to the campaign’s website.

>> Coronavirus: Know the facts directly from the CDC

“Help serve up some support for the restaurant employees of America,” Fieri wrote in an Instagram post Friday. “These people are some of the hardest-working, real-deal employees you’ll ever meet, and they need our help.”

>> See the post here

Visit RERF.us to donate to the fund or apply for a grant.

>> Coronavirus: Can the government make you stay home if you are sick?

Read more here.