Over 200,000 meals served by 19 chef partner restaurants in cities across the US
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Due to the closure of restaurants across America, thousands of restaurant workers have an urgent need for assistance. Independent restaurants are at the center of the vibrant growth in America.  For the past decade, we have relied on the convivial and dynamic hospitality of the independent restaurant scene to make this a city that we are incredibly proud of.  Restaurant workers need your help more than ever.  It is vital that we offer relief to those in need, so after this crisis restaurants can return to their full vibrancy. 

In partnership with @makersmark, we have turned restaurants across the country into relief centers with local chefs for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.  We are offering help for those in need of food and supplies.  Each night, we will pack hundreds of to-go meals that people can come to pick up and take home. 


Dinners are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Limit 1 package per person unless there is an emergency situation.  We will also have essential supplies on hand.  We will limit how much any one person can take of these supplies, but they will be handed out free to those in need.  We will continue to offer this program until we can no longer financially support the program. 

Pickup Information
-This program will be offered 7 days a week until otherwise notified.
-Pickup time is between 10am and noon or 5pm and 7pm based on location and day of the week.  More details to follow.


Atlanta | Bay Area | Boston | Brooklyn (Olmsted) | Chicago | Cincinnati | Detroit | Houston | Indiana (Southern) | Lexington | Louisville | Los Angeles | Nashville | New Orleans | Raleigh | Seattle | Washington, D.C.

Eugene and Elizabeth’s
Atlanta, GA
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Bay Area / Oakland, CA

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Blue Dragon
Boston, MA
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Brooklyn, NY

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West Town Bakery
Chicago, IL
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Cincinnati, OH
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Lady of the House
Detroit, MI
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Houston, TX
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Pints & Union
New Albany, IN
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Great Bagel
Lexington, KY
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610 Magnolia
Louisville, KY
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Los Angeles, CA
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Otaku To-Go
Nashville, TN
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New Orleans, LA
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Raleigh, NC
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Seattle, WA
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Washington, D.C.
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The Founding mission of The LEE Initiative has always been to come up with fast and forward thinking solutions to address problems in our industry. 

The most pressing need right now is to take care of our hospitality industry family.  We want them to know that they are not alone, we are here for them.  We will all get through this by coming together and supporting one another.  We started with our first Restaurant Workers Relief Center thanks to our partners in good @makersmark.  By the end of the week there will be 14. 

Thank you to Nancy Silverton at Chi Spacca in Los Angeles; Jose Salazar at Mita’s in Cincinnati; Edouardo Jordan at Salare in Seattle; Paul Kahan at his Wicker Park Big Star location in Chicago; Alon Shaya at Safta in Denver; Greg Braxtrom at Olmsted and Nate Adler at Gertie’s, both in Brooklyn; Donald Link at Cochon in New Orleans; LexUNITE and Samantha Fore at Great Bagel Bakery in Lexington; and Linton Hopkins at Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta all joined on, and Edward Lee’s Succotash team in D.C and 610 Magnolia team in Louisville.