Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Mother Road Market, in partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA), unveiled a relief fund Monday to help Tulsa food and beverage workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum last week ordered all bars, restaurants and entertainment venues closed indefinitely because of the coronavirus threat.
The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) pledged $100,000 as a matching challenge that will kickstart the relief fund, which will be managed by ORA’s Foundation to support out-of-work Tulsans in that industry.
Funds will be dispersed as $1,000 grants to individuals in the industry who can spend the funds on their most pressing needs. In turn, LTFF is challenging community members to make a tax-deductible donation to the relief fund.
“As the state’s largest private-sector employer, Oklahoma’s food service industry employs over 185,000 people or 11% of the total job base,” Chandy Rice, ORA’s director of education said in a statement. “This fund will help employees keep their head above water. We want our ‘hospitality family’ to be able to put food on their tables and keep a roof over their heads during this extremely difficult time.”
Elizabeth Frame Ellison is president and CEO of LTFF.
“In addition to the distressing public health threat, the COVID-19 pandemic causes extreme financial distress for employees in Tulsa’s food and beverage industry,” she said in a statement.
“Most of these nonsalaried servers, cashiers, bartenders and dish washers don’t have savings to sustain them if their employer has to reduce their hours or close because they are struggling to make ends meet under normal conditions.
“Now more than ever, we need to serve those who serve us!”
Additionally, LTFF has committed to paying the hourly staff at Mother Road Market for up to 60 days to ensure their financial security and has pledged financial support to the Tulsa Area United Way/Tulsa Community Foundation relief fund. LTFF encourages other businesses that can to do the same.
Applications can be completed by potential recipients or a supervisor can fill out the application on behalf of their employees.
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Amelia’s Woodfire Cuisine/Amelia’s Brasserie and Market
Antoinette Baking Co.
Bill and Ruth's
Billy's on the Square
Bird & Bottle
Black Bear Diner
Blue Moon Cafe
Bluestone Steak House & Seafood
Bodean Restaurant and Seafood Market
Boston Deli Grill and Market
Bohemian Wood Fire Pizza
Brookside by Day
Burn Co Barbecue – Jenks and SoBo
Cafe Ole and Ol Vine
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Cherry Street Kitchen
Coney Island Hot Weiners
Cotton Patch Cafe
Dalesandro's Italian Cuisine
DoubleShot Coffee Co.
El Viejos Mexican Grill
Fat Guys Burger Bar
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Foolish Things Bar and Biscuit
Forest Ridge Golf Course Rockin' R Ranch House
Fox and Hound Pub & Grill
Freddie's BBQ & Steak House
Herbert's Specialty Meats
High Dive Tulsa
The Hungry Ninja
In the Raw
Jimmy's New York Pizzeria
Knotty Pig BBQ, Burger & Chili House
Livi Lee's Daylight Donuts
Lone Wolf Banh Mi
Ludger's Bavarian Cakery
Margaret's German Restaurant
Mikes BBQ & Catering
Mom's Family Diner
My Thai Kitchen
Peacemaker Lobster and Crab
Pita Place Mediterranean Grill
Prairie Fire Pizza
Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen
Saffron Mediterranean Cuisine
Shawkat's Mediterranean Restaurant
Shuffles Board Game Cafe
Siegi’s Sausage Factory: Restaurant and Deli
Stonehorse Cafe and Market
Tacos 4 Life
Ted's Cafe Escondido Cafe
Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano
The Tropical Restaurant and Bar
Ty’s Hamburgers and Chili
White River Fish Market
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