The Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program is now closed.
In good times the people of New Orleans reap the benefits of a robust tourism industry fueled by the hard work of tens of thousands of front line workers in our restaurants, bars, and hotels. During this COVID-19 pandemic crisis, these same workers and their families were some of the hardest hit. Restaurants and bars were closed, hotels were vacant, and workers were sent home without enough to provide for their families. Ours is a region that eats together, dances together and, when tragedy strikes, lifts each other up. The Greater New Orleans Foundation was proud to rise to the occasion during the COVID-19 pandemic to help these workers and their families make ends meet.
With generous leadership support from Mrs. Gayle Benson and the McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco® brand pepper sauce, the Greater New Orleans Foundation launched the Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program in partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association. This program provided grants of up to $1,000 to nearly 1,800 service and hospitality workers whose families experienced financial crisis in the Greater New Orleans region. Programs like this show that by working together, we can help each other survive until we can once again thrive.