North Carolina restaurants and hotels provide jobs for more than 550,000 or our state’s citizens which comprises 13% of our state’s workforce. With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the shutdown of in-house dining, travel and lodging stays, the majority of the hospitality workforce has lost their jobs, their income, their entire livelihood through no fault of their own.

The NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund has been established and will be managed through the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that has provided financial assistance to hospitality employees and students for more than a decade.

The goal of the NC Restaurant Workers Relief fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to the tens of thousands of cooks, servers, dishwashers, housekeepers, and others who live paycheck-to-paycheck, and suddenly find themselves in distress.

Needs-based requests will be submitted through an online application, which will then be reviewed, scored and determined for funding. NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund will strive to review applications as quickly as possible to provide immediate financial assistance.

This effort is limited to those who currently reside in North Carolina. Out-of-state applicants will be informed (at time of application) of this requirement.

NC Restaurant Workers Relief fund for displaced restaurant and hospitality workers