Team Members must experience an unavoidable catastrophic event/emergency that is:

  1. Identifiable: the event or hardship must be described in detail in the application.
  2. Damaging to property/person: a loss of life, health or property;
  3. Sudden: the event or hardship must be swift and precipitous, not gradual or progressive
  4. Unexpected: the event or hardship must be unanticipated, unforeseen, unintended or unplanned, an ordinary, anticipated event caused by deliberate intent will not qualify; and
  5. Unusual: the event or hardship must be noticeably different from what is generally found or experienced, it cannot normally occur in the ordinary course of day-to-day living.
  6. If the team member is insured, insurance benefits should either be unavailable or inadequate.

Examples of Qualifying Events:

  1. Unusual medical/dental expenses caused by a severe illness/ accident (including travel expenses);
  2. Property casualty loss of home or contents due to a catastrophic event (e.g. fire, crime or flood) that is not covered by insurance;
  3. Unusual expense for the care and training of a handicapped dependent;
  4. Insurmountable indebtedness occurring for reasons beyond the individual’s control;
  5. Expenses due to the death of a Noodles team member or a member of a Noodles team member’s immediate family (defined as spouse, domestic partner, child; or a relative that the team member provided more than half of their financial support and vice versa;)
  6. Emergency housing expenses to prevent or immediately following eviction.
  7. Expenses due to unforeseen loss or damage to mode of transportation that prevents Noodles team member from working (e.g. fire, accident, theft or need for unanticipated repairs).
  8. Lack the necessities of life, including financial, physical, mental or emotional well-being, as a result of the catastrophic event or emergency hardship described above.

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