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Resources for Restaurant Industry Workers

Updates for ICE externs and alumni and our community of culinary professionals.

Here's an evolving list of resources for our students, alumni and community as the restaurant industry navigates the challenges and changing landscape resulting from COVID-19.



  • Eater is maintaining lists of restaurant relief funds and restaurants offering delivery in major cities while providing thorough updates on the restaurant industry.
  • Food & Wine published a pro guide on the situation, covering communication, safety, staff and support.
  • Grub Street shares stories under Shutdown Diaries.
  • Cherry Bombe is compiling resources for impacted businesses by state.

Voice Your Support:

Apply for Unemployment Benefits:  

Here are the state unemployment sites for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California. Read about unemployment because of the coronavirus shutdown in New York here and California here

Resources for Your Mental and Physical Health:

As restaurants convert to delivery and close dine-in operations, slashing staff hours, many are providing resources from groceries to family meals for culinary professionals out of work. Here's a running list for our students, externs, alumni and their colleagues during this difficult time:

  • Workforce1 is providing remote assistance for job seekers.
  • Chef Edward Lee's Lee Initiative is hosting the Restaurant Workers Relief Program in six cities, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Louisville, New York City, Seattle and Washington, D.C. In Brooklyn, Gertie restaurant has been converted to a relief site sponsored by Maker's Mark. Any restaurant worker who has lost hours or been laid off can come for dinner and supplies, Tuesdays-Fridays. Pick up one meal person at 357 Grand St., from 4-7 p.m., first come, first served. Virit LEEInitiative.org donate.
  • In NYC, IGC Hospitality launched family meal, providing free meals to people in the industry with a new menu each day at 10:30 a.m.
  • Serviceindustry.tips is calling on people worldwide to tip a local service worker every time they have a drink at home while social distancing. To sign yourself or your city up to receive random tips via Cash App or Venmo, visit serviceindustry.tips.
  • In San Francisco, Chef Dominique Crenn is providing family meal for all Crenn Dining Group staff members.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tag @iceculinary on social media to share additional resources, and check out these food books and industry podcasts while you're social distancing.

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