Video by Becky Horvath
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing, restaurants and the people who work in them have been hit particularly hard financially. Now, celebrity chef Guy Fieri wants to help.
Fieri has partnered with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to help raise funds for workers who have found themselves unemployed and in dire financial straits.
“We're going to try to get $500 to every employee,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle from his home in Northern California, where he’s currently self-isolating with his family.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation estimates that between five and seven million restaurant workers may lose their jobs due to the pandemic.
“I've been in the restaurant business my whole life,” says Fieri. “Never in a million years could I have anticipated, forecasted or believed this would ever take place,” he added.
According to Fieri, 100% of donations from the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund will go to those in need. “No red tape, no B.S.,” he says.
“They still have cell phone bills. They still have power bills. They still have food bills. They still have credit card bills. We're at a point now where I just—my heart breaks thinking of the hopelessness that people could start to experience,” says Fieri.
He added, “Right now, the wind needs to swing toward the people that have been serving us for so many years. Now it's time for us to serve them.”