The application is available to anyone in the restaurant, food service or hospitality industry in Winnebago County experiencing loss of employment, underemployment, or economic hardship caused by COVID-19. Restaurant and food service workers have experienced and continue to experience a disproportionate loss of employment and/or income due to COVID-19. Local estimates are that more than 1,600 people from those industries have had their employment reduced or eliminated and this issue continues. The resulting challenges include, but are not limited to, the inability to pay for rent and utilities, medical bills from testing positive for COVID-19, lack of insurance, inability to pay for necessary medications and medical supplies, and the need for mental health services.

• How will you qualify clients/participants?

Participants qualify through an application process on a first come, first served numbering system.

The application is designed to capture the following information:

o Current income level

o Unemployed/underemployed

o Position/occupation within Food Service Industry

o # of family members & children in household

o Direct impacts of COVID

o COVID assistance ineligibility

o Access to health care

YWCA will make referrals/recommendations to other community and statewide resources/services available based on application information.


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YWCA Winnebago County Restaurant Workers' Relief Fund

by YWCA Northwestern Illinois


The application is available to anyone in the restaurant, food service or hospitality industry in Winnebago County experiencing loss of employment, underemployment, or economic hardship caused by COVID-19. Restaurant and food service workers have experienced and continue to experience a disproportionate loss of employment and/or income due to COVID-19. Local estimates are that more than 1,600 people from those industries have had their employment reduced or eliminated and this issue continues. The resulting challenges include, but are not limited to, the inability to pay for rent and utilities, medical bills from testing positive for COVID-19, lack of insurance, inability to pay for necessary medications and medical supplies, and the need for mental health services.

• How will you qualify clients/participants?

Participants qualify through an application process on a first come, first served numbering system.

The application is designed to capture the following information:

o Current income level

o Unemployed/underemployed

o Position/occupation within Food Service Industry

o # of family members & children in household

o Direct impacts of COVID

o COVID assistance ineligibility

o Access to health care

YWCA will make referrals/recommendations to other community and statewide resources/services available based on application information.