Resources for Restaurant Employees

With the escalating COVID-19 crisis, many of our dedicated foodservice and hospitality employees are being severely impacted. We know this is an incredibly difficult time for you and your families and are committed to supporting you through these uncertain times. We encourage you to check out the below resources for help, guidance and support.

Tracy Kosbau

For more information, contact:

Tracy Kosbau, MBA | Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations

tkosbau@wirestaurant.org

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Unemployment

Full-time or part-time employees may be entitled to unemployment benefits. Here is a link from the Department of Workforce Development explaining COVID-19 and unemployment insurance. Anyone can apply, but eligibility depends on the circumstance of each employee.

Unemployment Guidelines for COVID-19

When should I apply and what will I need?

Check out DWD’s easy-to-follow guide that walks you through the process.

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Where can I get more information?

Visit the DWD website at dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui. Or for help using online services, call 414-435- 7069 during business hours.

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Milwaukee Eviction Protection Program

Hope House received $2.3 million in Cares Act funding through Milwaukee County to be used for Eviction Prevention. If you rent in Milwaukee County and have experienced a loss of income due to COVID or the Safer at Home Act, Hope House may be able to assist with rent and utilities through the end of the year. Service industry workers are one of the primary targets for these funds. Even someone working a part-time job experiencing the loss of that job, will likely still qualify. The first step to qualify is to email careprevention@hopehousemke.org.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) set up the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The fund will provide $500 grants to restaurant industry employees who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Individuals must meet eligibility requirements. 

Due to an overwhelming response of more than 60,000 applicants, the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is not currently accepting new applications. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation team is working hard to respond to applicants and process applications. They have awarded more than 25,000 grants to date.

Apply or Donate Online

Please follow the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation on Facebook or on Twitter at @NRAEF for the most immediate information, how to apply for this fund & for any other questions you may have regarding this.

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GOVERNMENT BENEFITS AND SUPPORT RESOURCES

Project Recovery

Sanvello - Self Care Resources

Free Prescription Card

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Health Care/BadgerCare Plus

How to Protect Yourself (CDC)

Managing Anxiety and Stress (CDC)

Disaster Distress Helpline

Coronavirus Anxiety Tips and Resources (ADAA)

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

Feeding Wisconsin Food Banks 

Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Resources


Fox Valley – Assistance Signing up for Health Insurance –  BadgerCare or Marketplace

For employees currently without health insurance, the Partnership Community Health Center in the Fox Cities provides free assistance with enrolling people into BadgerCare or the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

COVID Enrollment Outreach

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Job Links

Below are a number of temporary places for you to consider employment. Please note that these jobs are temporary and we want you to return to hospitality as you understand the vital role that this plays in our economy.

Any questions on any of these links must be directed to the company directly. WRA is simply acting as a conduit between those that have recently found themselves unemployed and those who have temporary position openings. We have no influence or way to facilitate hiring between parties.