Mar 23, 2020

Chef Call to Action


This week tens of thousands of independent restaurants were forced to close their doors in the fight against COVID-19 in the United States. In just a matter of days, millions of restaurant industry workers in America lost their jobs. How will these workers, who did noting wrong themselves, pay rent, care for children, and feed themselves and their families?
And what will happen to the independent businesses-the diners, bars, cafes, and restaurants-that make our towns and cities the places we love? Currently, restaurants are not included in a federal stimulus plan. 

In the state of Louisiana, there are 9,533 restaurants that account for $10.3 billion in sales and more than 213,400 jobs-11 percent of employment. 

Make your voice heard. Let your elected officials know how the closure of local restaurants and food businesses impacts your family and the economy. Call your Representative and your Senators. You can be connected to the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or click here for a directory. 

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