Michigan begins One Fair Wage’s High Road Kitchens Program

The grants will go in part to restaurants that agree to pay their servers minimum wage in addition to tips
Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 3:17 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The state of Michigan will partner with One Fair Wage to distribute over $250,000 in relief for restaurant owners and essential workers, as well as community members in need. Funding for the program, called High Road Kitchens, comes from the non-profit organization One Fair Wage.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that we need to re-think and re-imagine our nation’s economic policies to provide the greatest support to families and small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted due to no fault of their own,” Lt. Governor Gilchrist said. “The beauty about One Fair Wage’s High Road Kitchens program is that it is an equity-driven approach to help restaurants and the people who work in them, increase wages and economic opportunity, and demonstrate that our investment priorities must support individuals, businesses, and the community working together for shared prosperity.”

“One Fair Wage is delighted to partner with the state of Michigan to bring its highly successful High Road Kitchens program to the state,” said Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage. “One Fair Wage’s High Road Kitchens program will provide grants to restaurants in Michigan that commit to paying One FairWage to all workers - a full minimum wage with tips on top - and provide free meals to community members in need.”

For restaurants to submit applications, follow the link here.

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