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The Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary Federation (ACF) Relief Fund

April 27, 2020

The Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary Federation (ACF) Relief Fund is established to provide timely financial assistance to chefs, cooks, culinarians and foodservice workers across America, experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Applicant must be employed by a foodservice establishment in any segment: restaurant, country club, hospital, etc.
  • Under financial hardship due to being laid off, furloughed or hours reduced.
  • Must provide evidence of lost wages.
  • Affiliation with ACF or ACFEF is not required as a condition of eligibility.


  • 100% of the Fund’s proceeds will go to providing grants to foodservice workers.
  • These grants will be made on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability of funds.
  • Each grant will be in the amount of $500, to be distributed directly to the applicant.

Fund Administration

  • This Fund is operated by the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation (ACFEF)
  • Grant applications to be reviewed expeditiously by the Review Committee and once confirmed to meet prescribed guidelines, will be released for payment.

Request Assistance
If you feel that you meet the above criteria and are in need of financial assistance, complete the Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary Federation (ACF) Relief Fund Assistance Request form and return it to Metz ACF Relief Fund, American Culinary Federation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095. You may also fax the form to (904) 940-0741 or email a scan to For additional information, email

Donate to the Fund
Go Fund Me Campaign:
A campaign has been launched at the following link:

By Check:
Make checks payable to The Ferdinand Metz / American Culinary (ACF) Relief Fund.
Mail to: American Culinary Federation
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, Florida 32095

By Credit Card:
Call the ACF national office to make a credit card donation at (904) 484-0220.