Delicato Family Vineyards has donated $40,000 to Restaurants Care to support restaurant workers affected by the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and the wine country fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

The donation helps continue grants to help cover basic living expenses such as temporary lodging, food, clothing and supplies for restaurant workers who’ve either been displaced or find themselves unemployed as a result of these fires.

This year’s fire season has proven especially difficult for restaurant workers in wine country. Many of the initial applicants to Restaurants Care have noted that a lack of diners has led to reduced shifts and fewer tips, compounding their financial pressures.

Rosalinda Gutierrez, a manager at The Tipsy Taco and Cantina in Santa Rosa, lost her house and car in the fires. At the same time, her restaurant was closed for days, so she lost wages. Restaurants Care is helping her buy clothes, replace household items and a laptop and cover expenses associated with evacuation. 

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“We are honored to have the support of such a strong, California-based brand like Delicato Family Vineyards,” said Alycia Harshfield, executive director of the California Restaurant Association Foundation, which runs Restaurants Care. “With their generous donation, we will be able to support restaurant workers facing the daunting task of rebuilding their businesses and lives.”

For information on applying for grants, go to http://www.calrestfoundation.org/fires.html.

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