Guy Fieri Helps Raise $25 Million For The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

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After greater than 12 months of financial turmoil, it is exhausting to consider that the worst part of the COVID-19 pandemic may very well be over. Sadly, the restaurant trade might proceed to wrestle many extra months to return. So it is good to listen to that Man Fieri and the Restaurant Worker Reduction Fund are nonetheless handing out grants! Fieri just lately helped elevate $25 million!

You would possibly keep in mind that final Could, Fieri helped elevate $21 million for the fund, which pays out $500 grants to restaurant employees. Thus far, about 43,000 staff have acquired a grant.

Fieri spoke to CBS concerning the significance of the Restaurant Worker Reduction Fund throughout this tumultuous interval for the restaurant trade:

“We had been separated from my dad and mom for Christmas. Misplaced some actually fantastic associates throughout this. So, there’s been sufficient to essentially bum me out, bum us out and get us all down. However on the opposite facet of it, there are so many individuals which have it a lot worse…You realize, so many individuals work within the restaurant trade in a number of jobs, second jobs, single mothers, single dad and mom, college students, retirees. And the restaurant trade is massively necessary to our communities…And so, once I noticed this coming, I mentioned, ‘We obtained to do one thing to get some cash to those people.'”

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Fieri was in a considerably uncommon place over the course of this pandemic, with each of his main industries — TV and eating places — all however utterly shut down. However, now he says issues are beginning to choose up once more in each field. He’s filming episodes of his Meals Community collection “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and truly getting to fulfill employees who acquired some Restaurant Worker Reduction Fund grants:

“As I used to be leaving the ‘Triple D’ location, getting within the automotive to go to the following ‘Triple D’ location, this younger supervisor got here out from the restaurant. She got here to me and mentioned, ‘You realize, I obtained the cash.’ I mentioned, ‘Oh, that is so superior.’ She mentioned, ‘The cash was nice, nevertheless it was simply superior to know that individuals I do not even know care about how I am doing.’ And I used to be like, ‘Man, that is the entire cause we did this.'”Fieri joined forces with the RERF together with over 50 totally different firms to assist safe pledges from greater than 15,000 people to get the sum of near $25 million in donations.

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