In recent weeks, the food, beverage, and hospitality industries have been heavily affected by COVID-19. Related closures, cease of operations, and stay-home sanctions have left hundreds of thousands of Illinois hospitality professionals unemployed and at risk of imminent poverty.
In light of this, Support Staff and Pilot Light have formed an alliance to create the Comp Tab Relief Fund. All funds raised will be used to benefit out-of-work hospitality workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Comp Tab Relief Fund is a community-based fund created by and for hospitality professionals, and will be a collective and equitable source of financial aid and resources for those in Chicagoland immediately affected by statewide closures.
We are currently reaching out to members of our community to enact modes of support, advocacy, resource-pooling, and collaborative solutions. It is imperative that we act swiftly and in unity to provide aid for those recently left without income, child care, health safety, regular meals, or support networks. There are many businesses that have set up funds to collect aid for their staff members - yet many have not.
Comp Tab is open to ALL hospitality professionals, and funds will be disbursed on a need basis. To ensure we are intersectional and inclusive in our aid, we have created an application that takes all financial, economic, household, health, and hospitality positions into consideration.
ALL COMP TAB RELIEF FUND DONATIONS – UP TO $35,000 – WILL BE MATCHED BY A PRIVATE DONOR!!
To apply for aid via Comp Tab, fill out the application linked here.
Para solicitar ayuda a través de Comp Tab, complete la solicitud vinculada aquí.
Support Staff is a community of hospitality professionals working alongside mental health professionals, and community organizers to change the structures of the hospitality industry. Support Staff’s goals are to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health, give employers tools to better support their employees, and give hourly employees tools to better advocate for their well-being.
Pilot Light is a Chicago-based nonprofit working to provide every child with the food education they need to make informed decisions and to advocate for the health of themselves, their families and their communities. Founded by chefs and their communities, the organization has formed an alliance with Support Staff to create and fund The Comp Tab Relief Fund to provide critical resources to the community that has supported both of them. In light of COVID-19, Pilot Light has launched Family Meal, a series of videos and lessons designed to support teachers, families and youth with remote learning resources. Through Family Meal, Pilot Light is also providing generous stipends to out-of-work restaurant workers to develop short cooking videos to support this initiative. Learn more here.
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