The mayor of LA is announcing a $ 800 scholarship for food workers

Los Angeles will offer a one-time $ 800 scholarship to employees working in the food service industry, including restaurants, breweries and food stalls, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday.

Safe Emergency Aid for Vulnerable Workers, or the SERVE Initiative, provides 4,000 workers with cash from the Mayor’s Fund, Garcetti said at an evening briefing. The news comes when the number of California residents hospitalized with the coronavirus has exceeded 8,000, and an additional 40 deaths were reported in LA County on Wednesday, leading to restrictions on outdoor eating.

Garcetti said 4 out of every 10 employees in the food industry lost their jobs.

“With the suspension of outdoor meals at our restaurants, the losses to workers and entrepreneurs in the industry are increasing,” Garcetti said. “I heard the pain in the voices of our service staff and restaurant owners.

Eligible residents must be at least 18 years of age and have an income of $ 58,450 or less in 2019. Applications will open on Monday and a link to the application will be available on the SERVE initiative website.