SPOKANE, Wash. — Alsco Inc., a linen and uniform rental services company, reports its branch here has donated $3,000 to Big Table.
As its name suggests, Big Table is a nonprofit focused on helping workers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. These individuals also often society’s most vulnerable members.
As many as one in six working in the restaurant industry live below the poverty line, and 43% are just above it—double any other segment of the population, according to Big Table.
To help these industry workers, the organization provides a referral-based program, where a manager or colleague who recognizes an individual is in crisis can ask for help on their behalf. This allows Big Table to target the most critical needs quickly throughout the community.
The type of support Big Table offers is personalized for the recipient’s needs but can include mental and emotional health and life coaching, housing stability, medical and dental care, job readiness, and addiction recovery.
Given the extremely challenging circumstances that restaurant and hospitality workers are facing during the pandemic, Alsco’s Spokane Branch wanted to help support Big Table’s efforts.
“All of our employees here at Alsco work and live in our local community,” says Joey Kink, general manager of the Alsco Spokane Branch. “Alsco has serviced our restaurant customers for over 40 years in Eastern Washington. Supporting the folks who work in our local restaurants during these challenging times is an honor.
“Our hearts go out to the restaurant community and hope for a speedy recovery. Alsco is here to help.”