Immigrants in the Cincinnati food economy. Immigrants are on the front lines in the COVID-19 response, particularly in healthcare and the food sector. Immigrants continue to farm, produce, and manufacture food that makes it to our tables. Also, many have lost their jobs in the hospitality (restaurants and hotels) side of the food economy.
In Cincinnati, minority-owned restaurants and hotels employ more than 7,709 people, generating more than $428 million in sales each year, per New American Economy. Immigrants make up 12.9% of business owners and employees in the food manufacturing industry in the Cincinnati region. Also, immigrants make up 15.7% of food-prep workers, 9.3% of chefs/cooks, and 6.1% managers. This industry is hit hard by #COVID19. Please support this industry. All immigrants should be included in and eligible for COVID-19 economic stimulus support.
On Thursday, April 30th, there will be a webinar Supporting Immigrant-Owned Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic from one of our national partners on how to support immigrant small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis and throughout our recovery. The webinar is designed for (1) small business support organizations that desire to better serve immigrant entrepreneurs; (2) immigrant welcoming initiatives that desire to connect immigrant small businesses with support services; and (3) organizations that already serve immigrant small businesses that are looking to continue to advance their approaches during the crisis.
There will be break out discussion rooms during this 90-minute webinar, so it is helpful if you pre-register so we can assign you to a room based on your experience and interests.
Register LINK: https://welcomingamerica.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ohn1s_4LT5-fvUWioWNw6g