New project High Road Kitchens helps restaurants provide food on a sliding scale

Executive chef Keith Corbin and chef de cuisine Gwen Etta prepare meals as part of the High Road Kitchens program at Alta Adams. <span class="copyright">(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Executive chef Keith Corbin and chef de cuisine Gwen Etta prepare meals as part of the High Road Kitchens program at Alta Adams. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

Seven weeks after California restaurants were told to close their dining rooms, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced a new initiative to help the restaurant industry, which has been decimated by the coronavirus outbreak. Called High Road Kitchens, the program helps fund a network of independent restaurants to provide meals on a sliding scale to folks in need.

The program, which is supported by both public and private funds, offers money to help restaurants reopen and re-employ their staff. Those restaurants, in turn, commit to provide livable wages and equity to their workers. The program is managed by One Fair Wage, a nonprofit that advocates for tipped workers, who make less than the minimum wage in all but seven states.

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