Mayor of LA says city will offer 1-time $800 stipend for 4,000 food service workers - find out how to apply

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In an address Wednesday night, Mayor Eric Garcetti says the city of Los Angeles is offering cash aid for food service workers who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

"This program will provide much needed additional financial support to some of the workers who have been most deeply impacted by the pandemic," the SERVE website writes. "The Secure Emergency Relief for Vulnerable Employees (SERVE) is a new partnership between Mayor Garcetti and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles to provide cash aid to food service workers who reside in the City of Los Angeles. SERVE will offer 4,000 food service workers with a one-time $800 stipend to help them during this critical period."

Check for the link to apply here: https://corona-virus.la/SERVE

APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 9:00 AM. 

To qualify for the program, applicants must reside within the City of Los Angeles; be 18 years of age or older; have an annual income in 2019 of $58,450 or below prior to the COVID-19 crisis, which is the threshold for the federal poverty level calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and demonstrate economic hardship due to a job loss or at least a 50% reduction in income at a food service establishment as a front or back of house employee.

LA County imposed a ban on outdoor dining at restaurants last week amid the surge of coronavirus cases. Restaurants, breweries and wineries may only offer food and beverage via take-out, drive thru or delivery, according to the LA County health order. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger slammed public health officials' decision to suspend outdoor dining amid the surge in coronavirus cases.

A new Safer at Home order went into effect Monday for at least three weeks where health officials urged everyone to stay home.

One LA County Supervisor came under fire for dining outside a day before the ban went into effect.