People Praise Guy Fieri For Raising Over $20 Million for Restaurant Workers Affected by Coronavirus

The world-famous TV personality and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation teamed up to help restaurant workers affected by coronavirus,

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Guy Fieri is attempting to keep restaurant workers afloat during this global pandemic, by any means necessary. The world-famous TV personality and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation have teamed up to send up to $500 in grant money to up to 40,000 restaurant workers across the country with their newly created Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.

Fieri told TMZ that in less than two months, he and the organization have been able raise up to $21.5 million dollars thus far.

"I started thinking about my brothers and sisters in the restaurant business, and a bunch of restaurants that I was closing — we gotta do something,” he told the outlet.

Fieri went on to say that he "started sending personal video invitations to all the heavy-hitter CEOs that are involved in the restaurant business,” in regards to raising the money. “As long as the money comes in, we’re going to continue to give these grants," he added.

Fieri also urged people to buy from smaller mom-and-pop restaurants during these difficult times. With the rapid spread of COVID-19, thousands of restaurants have been forced to close down, putting their businesses and the livelihoods of their workers put in dire straits. 

Of course, the superhero efforts from the chef and TV personality have sent ripple effects across social media, prompting people to applaud what he's been doing. The reaction is especially notable since Fieri is often clowned for his cartoonish persona. Check out some of the reactions below. 

Guy Fieri is an American hero... he raised over $20 million to send $500 checks to about 40,000 out-of-work restaurant workers.

— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) May 9, 2020

I stopped making fun of Guy Fieri when I learned he went down to Miami and married 101 gay couples to honor his late sister. It was 101 to "recognize" then-Florida attorney general Pam Bondi as "Cruella de Vil" for her attempts to keep gay marriage illegal.

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 9, 2020

Plenty of people dunk on Guy Fieri, but he’s in on the joke AND he’s running laps around people with good deeds. We’ve met briefly at Warriors games and he’s extremely kind.

— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) May 9, 2020

GUY FIERI DOES THE WORK!🔥🔥🔥 long live the mayor of flavourtown

— anne t donahue (@annetdonahue) May 8, 2020

The Mayor of Flavortown has basically done more to provide direct assistance to out-of-work restaurant industry workers than any elected politician

— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) May 8, 2020

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