- Guy Fieri has raised over $20 million for restaurant workers who have been affected by COVID-19 closures.
Guy Fieri has helped raised $21.5 million in partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Fieri announced the news in an interview with TMZ.
In the last few months, Fieri and the organization have been sending restaurant workers who have been affected by COVID-19 closures $500 grants through the newly created Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Over 40,000 grants have been given in the last two months,
“I started thinking about my brothers and sisters in the restaurant business, and a bunch of restaurants that I was closing — we gotta do something,” he said.
Fieri reached out to foodservice companies including Pepsi, Coke, and Uber Eats asking for donations to be able to give back.
“I started sending personal video invitations to all the heavy-hitter CEOs that are involved in the restaurant business,” he said. “As long as the money comes in, we’re going to continue to give these grants.”
The grants will help workers who have been out of work who need to pay for expenses. Restaurants across the country have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states have begun to loosen shelter-at-home mandates allowing some restaurants to reopen but many remain closed. Fieri has also urged people to support mall, mom-and-pop restaurants.