It has now been over nine months that we started this partnership with a $15,000 donation from the Metz/Wang Family Foundation, with the goal of providing prompt relief to those most affected by COVID-19, and I thank all of you that have supported the Ferdinand Metz/ACF Relief Fund, both individually and collectively. Together we have distributed a total of $89,515, which provided financial relief to over 175 culinarians, coping with the devastating effect of the pandemic. The remaining balance of $1,015 was transferred to the ACF Disaster Relief Fund to assist in pursuit of its broader mission. My special thanks go to Nestle and Smithfield for their extraordinary contributions as well as to Chef Stafford DeCambra, Chris Donato of Minor’s, members of the task force, ACF Executive Director Heidi Cramb and ACF staff for their dedication to an efficient and timely response to this global crisis. While the magnitude of our effort paled in comparison to the collective need, it again demonstrated that the American Culinary Federation really cares.
Stay well and take good care of yourself and your family.
Ferdinand Metz, CMC
Learn more about the fund here.