Cass Street Deli converted into relief center for laid off restaurant workers

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Starting on Saturday April 18, Cass Street Deli will be transformed into a relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.

This is an effort is made possible by a partnership between Makers Mark, Chef Ed Wardlee, and the Lee Initiative. The group is offering help for those in dire need of food and supplies. Each night, they will pack hundreds of to-go dinners that will be offered to recently unemployed restaurant workers.

Dinners are offered on a first come first serve basis. There is a limit to one meal per person unless there is an emergency situation. Essential supplies will also be available at the deli.

The Lee Initiative has served more than 100,000 meals by 18 chef partner restaurants in cities across the US.

This program will be offered 7 days a week until otherwise notified. Pickup time is between 5pm and 7pm daily.

Cass Street Deli is located at 1331 W Cass Street. You can learn more by clicking here.

The Lee Initiative has set up shop in Brooklyn, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, and D.C., among other major cities.

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