As of Friday, Fieri announced via his Instagram that the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, which he launched with the help of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, will be sending out 10,000 new award emails to recipients.
In less than two months – the amount of time most restaurants across the country have been forced to close due to shelter-in-place mandates – Fieri has managed to raise more than $20 million for out-of-work restaurant employees.
In an interview with TMZ Live, Fieri explained that the record amount has been put in the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, a fund he launched with the help of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation.
Since starting the relief fund, more than $40,000 grants worth $500 each have been awarded to those in the industry who have been displaced during the COVID-19 crisis, with more being sent out.
Several big names, like beer brand Corona, have teamed up to raise money for the relief fund.
Let’s take this thing to 500k! Thanks for supporting the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund @diplo, @DillonFrancis, @LiveNation and @coronaextrausa! #CincoAtHome #RaisetheRERF @NRAEF https://t.co/5wxuqsGAw6
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) May 5, 2020
To apply for help, or donate or partner with the foundation, more information can be found on the website.