Man Fieri has raised about $20 million by partnering with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. He and the group have been sending restaurant staff $500 grants by the newly created Restaurant Worker Relief Fund.
After nearly two months, Fieri has awarded a greater than 40,000 grants. during an interview on Thursday, he added the whole quantity they’ve raised is $21.5 million.
“I began thinking about my brothers and sisters within the restaurant business, and a bunch of eating places that I used to be closing — we gotta do something,” he stated.
The “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” star annouced that he’s personally reached out to a number of meals service companies, like Pepsi, Coke and Uber Eats, to donate cash to the charitable cause.
“I began sending personal video invitations to all of the heavy-hitter CEOs which might be concerned within the restaurant business,” he stated. “So long as the cash is available in, we’re going to proceed to offer these grants.”
Most eating places and bars across the nation wide have been closed within the wake of the shelter-in-place rules in the course of the covid-19 pandemic. Certain areas have been in a position to continue business with curbside pickup and supply, and more search to reopen because the restrictions calm down. Fieri urged clients to order from small, mom-and-pop eating places and show their support.
“They need your takeout, they need your delivery so if they’re out there, please go give them some biz,” he stated. “It helps pay the electrical energy and the insurance coverage.”