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The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

Michael Mina

As chef Michael Mina thought about ways to help his thousands of furloughed employees early in the pandemic, he ultimately landed on what he does best—stretching dollars to feed people.

The Power 20: Pandemic Heroes

Andrew Rigie

Rigie ensured that restaurant livelihoods weren’t disregarded in the scramble for public safety.

Sobocinski rallied 30 fellow restaurateurs to join Table 301 in cranking out meals for the needy at catering levels, using federal relief funds to pay workers who would otherwise be jobless.

Hook Hall Helps provided more than 10,000 meals from March until June and had raised more than $750,000 via the Worker Relief Fund.

If there is a disaster somewhere, it’s a good bet that José Andrés will be there, handing out meals.

In 2020, Fieri took that support a step further to help the millions of restaurant workers who lost jobs in the pandemic.

Edward Lee, chef-owner of 610 Magnolia and other restaurants in Louisville, Ky., started his nonprofit Lee Initiative five years ago to promote equity and diversity in the restaurant industry.

The goal of the health-focused concept is to make healthy food as cheap and ubiquitous as McDonald’s, and in the process fill food deserts and give low income people of color an opportunity at franchising.

As the nation prepared to head to the polls last fall, Phil Rosenthal and his Rosenthal Family Foundation stepped up to support voters.

Alma Cocina Latina has moved into a larger space where the restaurant, Mera Kitchen Collective and Alkimiah can all function under one roof.

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