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Financial Aid for NYC Restaurant Workers

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Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR) is partnering with Robin Hood to raise donations for a New York City Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.


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Hospitality teams live to take care of guests. Now it’s our turn to take care of them.

Your support will make all the difference.

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For those affected, applications reopen December 1.

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The Fund grants are intended to be awarded on a first-come-first served basis (expressly subject to the availability of donations received by the Fund) to those individuals facing unprecedented economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that meet the prescribed eligibility criteria detailed below, as reviewed and verified by Family Independence Initiative (FII). A one-time grant of $500 will be disbursed directly to the applicant pending FII’s’s review and verification that their submitted application meets the prescribed guidelines. Availability of awards will be based on available funds and will be limited to one per individual.  

FII will conduct a first come, first served process for the applications received.  Restaurant workers who are residents of the Bronx and Queens will be prioritized during the first two weeks the fund is open. If funds remain after that day, FII will process applications from restaurant workers who are residents of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island until all the funds have been spent.

Restaurants and bars are the heartbeat of New York City. When the government abruptly shut them down to mitigate the spread of deadly COVID-19, about half a million people suddenly found themselves out of work, with no ability to earn a living from home. With paychecks and tips lost overnight, service workers don't know how they will cover next month’s rent, put food on the table, or pay for medicine, school, childcare and more.

Robin Hood, New York City’s largest and most-effective poverty-fighting organization, has been dedicated to serving others for more than 30 years, and during the time of the COVID-19 crisis, is actively focused on those who will be disproportionately harmed by its immediate and long-term impacts.

Robin Hood (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN 13-3441066, registered in the United States) will manage donations.

All donations made through this campaign are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law and will be held by Robin Hood to be distributed through FII to aid individual restaurant workers in New York City who need relief resulting from unemployment because of COVID-19 disruption.

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Your support will make all the difference.

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FOR THOSE AFFECTED, APPLICATIONS REOPEN DECEMBER 1.

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