Restaurants Care

Caring for the people at the heart of restaurants
Help for F+B WorkersHelp for Independent Restaurants

Get to know Restaurants Care

Restaurants Care provides hope and stability to food + beverage workers in California who are in crisis. This fund is 100% powered by donations from people like you!

The Restaurants Care Resilience Fund is a special inititative to build resilience within independent restaurants. To date, the fund has provided $5.94 million in grants to 1,325 restaurants!

These funds work together to support and advance those at the heart of California’s food and beverage community. 

2023 Impact Report

In 2023 you deepened our investment in California’s vibrant restaurant community. From providing stable housing to workers to building resilience in independent restaurants, grants from Restaurants Care kept thousands of people afloat. See our impact by the numbers.

2022 Impact Report. 5 Outreach<br />
Events!<br />
A grassroots effort to<br />
spread the word about<br />
Restaurants Care to<br />
the food + beverage<br />
communities in<br />
Napa, Laguna Beach,<br />
Oceanside, Temecula,<br />
and Sacramento.

since 2017

Serving Those
Who Serve Us

Safety-net for CA’s restaurant community

Giving Crew

Restaurants Care is a nonprofit fund providing stabilty and hope to California’s food and beverage community. 

How We Help

F+B Workers. We provide up to $2,500 directly to F+B workers experiencing illness, injury, natural disaster, or death in the immediate family. Grants cover basic needs like groceries and rent while people recover from the crisis. We have helped over 2,400 F+B workers and their families since 2017.

Independent Restaurants. We award grants that build resilience among California’s independent restaurants. Grant applications are accepted twice a year and grants range from $3,000 – $10,000 depending on available funds.


Our History

Restaurants Care is a program of the California Restaurant Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that has been serving the community since 1981. We created a safety-net for food and beverage workers in 2017 and expanded that safety-net to include independent restaurants in 2021. Restaurants Care provides hope and stability to those at the heart of California’s vibrant food and beverage community.

What We Help With

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natural disaster

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death in the family

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housing disaster

Who We Help

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Food Trucks

food trucks



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tasting rooms

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entertainment venues

What You’ll Submit

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Proof of Residency icon

proof of residency

(utility bill, mortgage, etc.)
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Proof of Hardship

(medical bill, insurance claim, death certificate, etc.)

join the movement


Polaris Cafe Emeryville
Polaris Cafe Emeryville




Your Impact

Donate $25.00
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Donate $100.00
Donate $500.00
Donate $1,000

thank you to our food family donors

Restaurants Care Champions

serving hope


making a difference

Get Involved

Host an Event

Make an impact! Host an event at your restaurant, business or home to support Restaurants Care.

Additional Resources

Download the Additional Resources PDF for more information about available services.

Download a Poster

Hang this poster in your kitchen or Back of House to let your employees know about this new resource!

The Grateful Table

A chef-driven dinner with exciting wine pairings all to celebrate and support our restaurant community! 

emergency grants

Helping those in Need

Restaurants Care provides up to $2,500 directly to food and beverage workers facing an unforeseen hardship.

Grants help to cover basic living expenses such as rent, food and utilities as someone works through a crisis. If you are injured, ill, in a natural disaster or experience personal challenges from mental health or substance abuse, Restaurants Care is here to help.

If faced with an immediate emergency situation, call 911. If contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Restaurants Care is proud to honor the rich diversity of the foodservice community in California through our programs and services whereby all we serve feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability or any other bias. 

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