Hey industry peeps, chefs Ming Tsai, Ken Oringer and Chris Coombs are working in conjunction with the Greg Hill Foundation and support from Sam Adams to launch the Restaurant Strong Fund to raise some monies for hourly restaurant workers. If you need help, you can apply for a Restaurant Strong Fund grant online here to cover living expenses like rent and utilities – just have your last couple paystubs handy when you start to fill out the form. Sam Adams has ponied up $100,000 to get the ball rolling (and keep the ball rolling by matching as much as another $100,000 for funds raised by the end of the month).
If all goes well, they may be able to receive a little relief as early as next week. And if all goes really well, the program, which is focusing its initial efforts in Massachusetts, may expand to other communities.
If you have the means, donate as much as you can to support the restaurant community during this difficult time; your donation will go a long way in providing relief for your fellow industry professionals.