Local restaurant employees affected by COVID-19 can apply for relief grants.

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and Food Network Host Guy Fieri have launched the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Fieri is serving as the national spokesman.

The Fund will provide a one-time $500 grant to restaurant employees adversely impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. 

“The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak,” the NRAEF announced. “Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment”

The grant application process opens on Thursday, April 2 and will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis–and are subject to the availability of funds.

According to the NRAEF, 100 percent of the Fund will go to the restaurant workers. As of March 30, the Fund $8.3 million of the $110 million goal.

The NRAEF’s mission is to “attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers.”