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GOODFELLOW FUND HAS STEPPED IN TO HELP FORT WORTH AREA CHILDREN WHO ARE MISSING MEALS

The Goodfellow Fund charity is seeking donations, but this time it’s not for Christmas clothes for kids.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the fund is switching its focus from Fort Worth News clothes to food for the first time in its more than 100 years of existence.

“We realized there was really a need for that here in Tarrant County,” said Richard Greene, executive director of the fund.

A lot of children in Tarrant County rely on school meals each day, Greene said, but with the coronavirus outbreak closing schools, many kids are going without. Schools across the county have set up options for parents and students to get meals, but Greene said he thinks the people of the county can do even more.

Greene believes the Goodfellow Fund can leverage its name recognition to help spread awareness of the need for meals. The fund also gives people a place to put their money to work, even if they don’t have much to give amid the layoffs and reduced hours.

The money raised will go directly to the Child Nutrition Program, run by the Fort Worth school district and Tarrant Area Foodbank.

Send donations to Goodfellows, Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101. Or visit goodfellowfundfw.com to make a secure credit card donation.

SOME EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE TO TAKE OFF BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS CAN GET SICK LEAVE PAY
A pot of money held by the federal government became available Wednesday for people who do not have sick leave benefits but need to take off from work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18 requiring employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide their workers hit by the pandemic with a certain amount of paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave.

“It was just assumed that employers of more than 500 people provide paid sick leave, which is not true,” said Drew Herrmann, a Fort Worth employment lawyer.

Herrmann said he has no indication that many employees are aware Press Release Distribution Service In Fort Worth that these benefits are available. The federal benefit becomes available on the heels of municipal sick leave pay ordinances in Austin and San Antonio being declared unconstitutional in the state courts and a federal judge blocking a municipal ordinance in Dallas that would have provided workers with paid sick leave.

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