YGK Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

IG: @ygkrwrf

We are committed to flatten the curve and want to allow our fellow industry folk to have the opportunity to do the same. Inspired by the Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund, we began our relief fund.

Kingston is an incredibly beautiful and unique city filled with proud hospitality professionals. These workers are responsible for creating and upholding the hubs of social life, culture and culinary art that are so intertwined with our identities both as Kingstonians, and to loving visitors.

Many of these restaurant workers are finding themselves unable to meet their financial obligation due to a loss of income directly caused by COVID 19. In an effort to assist restaurant workers and their immediate families obtain essential needs, we will be directly transferring $150 as a one time payment. 

The Kingston Restaurant Workers Relief Fund is not meant to replace CERB/EI payments or income. We encourage all applicants to apply for the CERB/EI. 

The Kingston Restaurant Workers Relief Fund has been created to aid restaurant employees, but we are happy to promote your restaurant on our Instagram account @ygkrwrf or our Facebook page Kingston Restaurant Workers Relief Fund. Send us an email! 

We are reliant on individual donations. If you have the means, please donate - every dollar counts - 



Send us an email at [email redacted] from the email account you would like the funds delivered to with the subject “Relief Fund Application”. (Continued in next section) 

What we will need from you is a photo of your last paycheque as proof of employment - please hide any personal information such as salary, home address, etc. All we need to see is your name, date of payment and the name of the restaurant you work at.

**All information provided in the application is strictly confidential. However, we will be keeping your information for bookkeeping purposes, so please indicate whether or not you give us your consent to save your information**

Email us with answers to the following questions: Do you have any dependents (ie, children, elderly parents/grandparents, spouse)? What is your family size, including yourself? Are you receiving the CERB? Do you have any additional methods of income? Have you received funding from us before? 

These applications will be approved/declined based on the provided questionnaire and funds will then be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are selected for relief funding, we will contact you at the end of our fundraiser to let you know. There is a buffer period as we wait for the funds from GoFundMe, so please be patient with us!

- APPLICANTS:  you are required to read these rules/regulations and send us ALL the information that we have requested. An
incomplete form will not be considered. If yyou have any questions, feel free to ask! - 

This program is intended to help cover the costs of essential needs for individuals and families heavily impacted by restaurant closures in our community, and we request that only those who are affected apply.


We would like to thank our incredible neighbours in Montreal, and their passionate sense of community responsibility. We received the insight and motivation to begin our Kingston project upon learning of @mtlrwrf. What an incredible effort and response! Thank you for your inspiration!

From our first round of funding, we were able to aid 26 restaurant workers and make a donation to the Partners in Mission Food Bank in Kingston, Ontario. 

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Last updated: April 30, 2020 


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