This is not Fieri's first instance of charitable efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He partnered with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in March to launch the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. The campaign associated with the fund raises money to give one-time $500 grants to impacted workers. (To donate or apply, go to rerf.us).
Checks from the fund are given out on first-come, first-serve basis. Original capital was kicked off by a number of anchor sponsors including PepsiCo, Moët Hennessy USA, Uber Eats, Constellation Brands, which owns Corona beer and Svedka, among many others. He's since raised over $20 million for the fund — with 100 percent of donations going towards the impacted restaurant workers.
Fieri said in the release, “My entire career has been in the restaurant business. 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,” he continued. “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.”
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