By CLTure News
March 27, 2020
The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association has launched a relief fund to provide financial assistance for restaurant, bar and hotel workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund will support employees of restaurants, bars and hotels that face significant financial hardships as social distancing is practiced statewide. The goal of the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund is to provide qualified applicants with $500 to assist with immediate expenses caused by loss of work.
“Within a matter of days, we have seen the majority of workers in the hospitality industry laid off, furloughed or completely sidelined,” NCRLA chair Steve Thanhauser communicated through a press release. “These are the people responsible for shaping our best experiences at our favorite restaurants, bars and hotels. While we are all facing an uncertain financial future, these workers are living a harsh new reality immediately. It’s our duty to show them how much we value their work and wellbeing by doing what we can to help them out.”
The fund will be run through the NCRLA Foundation, the association’s nonprofit which has provided financial assistance to hospitality employees for more than a decade. The goal of the relief fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to the tens of thousands of cooks, servers, dishwashers, housekeepers, bartenders who suddenly find themselves in distress.
The NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund is now open for any NC-based hospitality employees experiencing significant financial hardship related to Covid-19. Each applicant will be eligible to receive up to $500 in assistance with approvals based on the level of need, number of years worked in the hospitality industry, and employer’s verification.