Smithfield Culinary, the foodservice division of pork processor Smithfield Foods, has donated $25,000 to the Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary Federation Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to chefs, culinarians, and foodservice workers across America who are experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has impacted all industries, but the foodservice industry may be one of the hardest hit. With approximately 14 million people in America employed by the foodservice industry, a staggering number of individuals have been laid off, furloughed, or have had their hours reduced.
“The ingenuity and determination we’ve seen from restaurant employees has been nothing short of amazing,” says Ed Wayda, senior brand manager for Smithfield Culinary. “We hope the grants will lessen the burden we know many are experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
One hundred percent of the Ferdinand Metz / ACF Relief Fund’s proceeds will go to providing grants to foodservice workers. All foodservice industry employees may apply for a grant regardless of their segment, and $500 grants will be given directly to qualified individuals on a first-come first-served basis.
Learn more about the relief fund. Here is a list of additional COVID-19 relief funds and resources. Continue to check the COVID-19 page on WeAreChefs.com for coverage of the pandemic and its impact on the foodservice industry.