Resources for Restaurant Employees

With the escalating COVID-19 crisis, many of our dedicated foodservice and hospitality employees are being severely impacted. We know this is an incredibly difficult time for you and your families and are committed to supporting you through these uncertain times. We encourage you to check out the below resources for help, guidance and support.

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For more information, contact:

Tracy Kosbau, MBA | Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations

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Full-time or part-time employees may be entitled to unemployment benefits. Here is a link from the Department of Workforce Development explaining COVID-19 and unemployment insurance. Anyone can apply, but eligibility depends on the circumstance of each employee.

Unemployment Guidelines for COVID-19

When should I apply and what will I need?

Check out DWD’s easy-to-follow guide that walks you through the process.

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Where can I get more information?

Visit the DWD website at Or for help using online services, call 414-435- 7069 during business hours.

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

April 9 - The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has informed us that registration for the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is now temporarily closed as they review and process applications. They reached the limit of 20,000 applicants after reopening applications on April 9th. In the days and weeks ahead, they will be reopening registration for more individuals to apply. Check back at and on their social channels (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook) for updates. All registered individuals will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions regarding the application process. Grant applications will be reviewed in the order in which they were received.

In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) set up the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The fund will provide $500 grants to restaurant industry employees who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Individuals must meet eligibility requirements. 

On the application you will need to upload the following documentation of employment:

  • A pay stub dated before December 10, 2019 which shows:
    • Your name
    • Your employer’s name
    • Hours and/or Amount Year to Date (YTD)
  • A pay stub dated after March 10, 2020 which shows:
    • Your name
    • Your employer’s name
    • Hours and/or Amount Year to Date (YTD)
  • If you cannot enter a paystub, you can upload a notice or letter of termination or a claim for unemployment benefits dated after March 10, 2020.  This notice must show:
    • Your name
    • Your employer’s name
    • Date of termination

Apply or Donate Online

Please follow the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation on Facebook or on Twitter at @NRAEF for the most immediate information, how to apply for this fund & for any other questions you may have regarding this.

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Sanvello - Self Care Resources

Free Prescription Card

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Health Care/BadgerCare Plus

How to Protect Yourself (CDC)

Managing Anxiety and Stress (CDC)

Disaster Distress Helpline

Coronavirus Anxiety Tips and Resources (ADAA)

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

Feeding Wisconsin Food Banks 

Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Resources

Fox Valley – Assistance Signing up for Health Insurance –  BadgerCare or Marketplace

For employees currently without health insurance, the Partnership Community Health Center in the Fox Cities provides free assistance with enrolling people into BadgerCare or the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

COVID Enrollment Outreach

COVID Enrollment Outreach Spanish

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Job Links

Below are a number of temporary places for you to consider employment. Please note that these jobs are temporary and we want you to return to hospitality as you understand the vital role that this plays in our economy.

Any questions on any of these links must be directed to the company directly. WRA is simply acting as a conduit between those that have recently found themselves unemployed and those who have temporary position openings. We have no influence or way to facilitate hiring between parties.