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Local Grant Open for Applications from City of Tulsa Restaurant, Beverage Employees

Posted at 5:47 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 23:17:25-04

TULSA, Okla. — Relief is on the way for restaurant employees in the city of Tulsa.

$100,000 is up for grabs as part of a restaurant relief fund organized by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation and Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation's President, Elizabeth Frame Ellison, is also the founder of Tulsa's food hall Mother Road Market. MRM closed last week along with all other Tulsa bars and dine-in restaurants.

The goal is that the $100,000 is matched in donations which will support Tulsa restaurant, food, and beverage workers impacted by COVID-19.

Ellison says, "This is something we weren’t able to prepare for. Last week on Monday, when my staff and we made the decision to follow the CDC guidelines and close the market, we knew there are hundreds of hourly employees who would be impacted by the closure.”

Ellison says they are able to pay MRM employees for up to 60 days during the closure, but understands that is not doable for most entrepreneurs.

Any Tulsan in food service, with dependents, and cannot work because of the pandemic, should apply.

Donations are accepted here.

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