Restaurant industry launches Illinois employee relief fund with applications opening in October

Chicago News USA

Southern Smoke, a Houston-based crisis relief organization for members of the food and beverage industry, also announced a $4 million emergency relief fund for Chicago restaurant, bar and coffee shop workers in Cook County. Applicants must have worked in the food and beverage industry for at least 6 months at 30 hours per week, and demonstrate a need through the application, which is now open. The fund, sponsored by anonymous donors, also is hiring Chicago-based restaurant workers who have been furloughed or laid off to work as caseworkers, application screeners and more to help with the fund. To donate, apply for help or fill out a job application, visit

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