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Restaurant group offers $10K in aid to operations impacted by Hurricane Ian

At least a third of the money has to be channeled down to a recipient's employees.
Hurricane Ian was one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. / Photo: Shutterstock

The educational arm of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) said Tuesday that its Disaster Relief Fund is providing $10,000 in assistance to restaurants and lodging properties that were left in need of help by Hurricane Ian.

The stipulation set by the FRLA Educational Foundation is that at least a third of the $10,000 awarded per establishment be channeled down to employees in need.  

The money can be used in a wide array of ways, from car payments to rent.

The association noted in announcing the relief effort that its targets are independently owned restaurants and hotels. Franchised operations are eligible, but only if their operator is a franchisee of no more than three establishments. Each outlet can qualify for a $10,000 grant.

The restaurants and hotels need not be members of the association to apply.  The FRLA said the money from its relief fund will be allocated on a first come/first serve basis.

More information is available here.

Hurricane Ian was the deadliest storm to hit the Southeast of the United States in nearly 90 years, according to AccuWeather, a weather tracking and forecasting service. Other sources said the Category 4 hurricane was the fifth strongest ever to hit the contiguous U.S.

It struck the west coast of Florida on Sept. 28 with winds howling at 150 miles an hour. A total of 118 confirmed deaths have been attributed to the storm.

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