“Helping you out of the weeds”
APRON, Inc. was founded in 2011 by a group of individuals with ties to the local restaurant community. Apron supporters include owners, servers, chefs and others concerned about our local independent food and beverage service workers. They realize that independent restaurant employees may be susceptible to financial distress in times of crisis.
As of Oct. 2014 APRON has given over $35,000 in grants to independent restaurant employees in need.
The mission of APRON, Inc. is to provide temporary, limited financial relief to professional food and beverage industry workers in the Louisville, KY metro area who work at locally owned establishments and who are experiencing financial distress due to illness, injury or other issues. Food service professionals who have suffered an accident, family emergency, criminal act committed against such person or other catastrophic event are eligible for assistance.
APRON, Inc. has been granted tax exempt status by The Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
As an enthusiastic early supporter, local restaurant entrepreneur Dean Corbett commented: “The local restaurant community is a very large family. As with any caring family we work together to help our own. I’m proud to be a supporter of APRON, Inc. and urge you to financially assist this worthwhile endeavor.”
Food service workers and their families may apply for assistance by submitting an application to APRON, Inc. Applications are available at www.aproninc.org.
For more information on donating, volunteering or otherwise supporting this worthwhile group please contact APRON, Inc.
IN THE PRESS
APRON Inc. formed to provide restaurant employees with emergency relief
Two grim facts about the restaurant industry are too few of its employees have health insurance, and the cost of providing it is unaffordable to most independent restaurateurs—yes, Mr. President, that is a fact.
The net result often is staffers who lack insurance in case of illness or emergency, so they either avoid seeking help when ill or face significant debt should they require care without insurance.
With the goal of helping some of these employees, a group of local Louisville volunteers—some of whom are restaurant employees—have formed an emergency relief fund named APRON Inc. The group’s slogan is both appropriate and argot correct: “Helping you out of the weeds.”
“Many employees find themselves with unexpected illnesses and out of work for a few weeks, short on money and unable to pay their rent or electric bills, or they have an auto accident and don’t have a car any more. They can come to us to apply for assistance,” said Gary Fox, co-founder and president of Apron, who is a server at Equus & Jack’s Lounge. “We will have a limited amount of funds to help, but it’s something we can to do. So we’re encouraging other restaurants to donate what they can to this fund to help others.”
After Dean Corbett, owner of Corbett’s, Equus & Jack’s, pledged $2,400 (essentially $100 a month for both of his restaurants) in 2012, APRON created “Dean’s Challenge,” to encourage others to do the same or similarly.
“This is something that has been needed for a long time, especially given the cost of health insurance,” Corbett said during last Thursday’s broadcast of his radio broadcast of the Chefboyardean Show. “When I started thinking of it, I realized I give away at least $100 a week in free appetizers to guests. So to set aside $100 a month for such a cause is certainly worth it to help people who face catastrophic situations.”
Even if a restaurant donated as little as $10 a month, that adds up, Corbett said, while encouraging local restaurant corporations such as Yum Brands! to step up and help the cause.
Fox stressed that APRON is not insurance, rather it’s a fund to help distressed employees get over the hump of a short-term challenge. Its website (aproninc.org) has an extensive online application that potential recipients would have fill out to be considered eligible for funds.
“We are not yet funded to the extent we can start giving out funds, but with more restaurants coming on board and with a fundraiser we’re going to have June 3rd at Theater Square Marketplace, we expect to be soon,” Fox said.
That event will be held from 3-8 p.m. at Theater Square Marketplace and themed as a 1920s speakeasy-themed. Expect lots of grub and good cocktails that will include a “best of” judging for those submissions.
At $25 per person, it’s likely that even the spacious setting will fill up quickly, Fox said.
“All of those funds go to APRON, and any donation is tax deductible,” said Fox, who encouraged attendees to dress up in period-appropriate costumes. “APRON is a completely volunteer organization, so if you want to volunteer, go to Aproninc.org and sign up. We’d love your help.”