Emeril Lagasse Foundation donates $500,000 to coronavirus relief efforts
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The Emeril Lagasse Foundation is donating $500,000 toward coronavirus relief efforts to support youth programs and families of hospitality industry workers in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida. 

“The need to support the youth in our community is a priority of Alden and I through the work of our Foundation. The need is more overwhelming than ever,” celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse said in a statement announcing the effort on Tuesday.

“We are committed to our mission of helping disadvantaged youth during this extraordinary time."


According to the foundation, it will dole out grants in a multi-tiered response, giving immediate funding to some causes as well as long-term funding to others. 

The foundation said the most recent round of rapid response grants, totaling $150,000, is helping organizations that provide essential services to vulnerable communities, the foundation said Tuesday. 

The organizations include Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, Covenant House, Café Reconcile, Café Hope, Liberty’s Kitchen, Youth Empowerment Project and Three Square Food Bank of Las Vegas.

At the onset of the pandemic, the foundation said it raised more than $150,000 for nonprofits in Walton and Okaloosa Counties in Florida, as well as an additional $150,000 in grants for greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami Dade nonprofits. 

The foundation said its board of directors also allocated $125,000 in grant funds to support the needs of local hospitality industry workers. The second round of funding will be disbursed in the fall. 

In addition to the grant funding, the foundation is collaborating with Emeril’s home base restaurant in New Orleans to provide weekly meals to youth in the community as well as to Legasse’s restaurant team and family.