Pictured: The faces of the Knead Hospitality & Design volunteers that are trying to make a difference for their brothers & sisters in the industry!!!
6 people is the limit amount of volunteers allowed and together they have helped over 1,000 workers, some of the hardest hit during this challenging time. These volunteers are not thinking about stopping as long as donations are being received, they will continue to make a difference.
Imagine what you can do for your local hospitality community. Visit LeeInitiative.Kindful.com and give what you can.
If you’re in the Washington DC area and you would like to donate, volunteers will be there 7 days a week from 10:30am until 8:00pm or until they are told to go home!
Anyone in the greater Washington DC area in the hospitality industry please come down to Succotash in Penn Quarter if you’re in need.
It is a judge free and very giving zone!!!
The Lee Initiative’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program Expands Nationally
In response to massive layoffs in the hospitality industry due to the COVID-19 outbreak nationwide, Chef Edward Lee, in partnership with The LEE Initiative and Maker’s Mark, launched The Restaurant Workers Relief Program. This program started on Tuesday, March 17 out of the catering kitchen of Lee’s restaurant, 610 Magnolia, and was able to serve over 400 individuals in the restaurant industry who had recently become unemployed.
The overwhelming response from the community inspired other chefs around the country to create similar programs, working directly with The LEE Initiative and Maker’s Mark. Restaurant workers must bring in proof of recent employment (paystubs will suffice) and will receive hot meals, toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers, formula, personal hygiene items, and more. Times, days and exact details vary between relief centers.
For more information visit: www.LEEInitiative.org
Most of these relief centers are funded for the next two weeks but are hoping to be able to stay open longer with donations via www.leeinitiative.org.
These relief centers include:
Chef Edward Lee at 610 Magnolia
Chef Edward Lee at Succotash
Chef Jose Salazar at Mita’s
Chef Nancy Silverton at Chi Spacca
Chef Paul Kahan at Big Star
Chef Edouardo Jordan at Salare
Chef Alon Shaya at Safta
Chef Greg Braxtrom at Olmsted and Nate Adler at Gertie’s
Chefs Ouita Michel and Samantha Fore at Great Bagel Bakery
Chef Donald Link at Cochon
Chef Linton Hopkins at Restaurant Eugene
For more information on the relief efforts, please follow The LEE Initiative on social media https://www.instagram.com/leeinitiative/ . For details on each chef’s relief center, including addresses, days and times of operation, and more, please visit their individual social media pages, linked above.
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