Restaurants Care

Serving. Supporting. Caring.

Your donations provide direct relief to restaurant workers facing an unforeseen hardship.

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Get to know Restaurants Care

Restaurants Care provides financial relief year-round to food + beverage workers across California. Donations power this critical life-line. Everything we do is possible because of you! Your gift will make a meaningful impact.

since 2017

Serving Those
Who Serve Us

Assistance for F+B workers during times of crisis. 

Giving Crew

Restaurants Care is a nonprofit fund that provides direct relief grants to struggling restaurant workers in California. Grants cover basic needs like groceries and rent while people recover from illness, injury, natural disaster, death in the family, and more. We helped over 1,600 F+B workers and their families since 2017.

How We Help

We provide direct financial assistance (typically $500 – $1,500) to F+B workers experiencing illness, injury, natural disaster, or death in the immediate family.

Our History

Restaurants Care is a program of the California Restaurant Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that has been serving the community since 1981.

The California Restaurant Foundation 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.

What We Help With

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illness

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injury

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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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catering

Food Trucks

food trucks

Restaurants

restaurants

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tasting rooms

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entertainment venues

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Your Impact

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Restaurants Care Champions

serving hope

Testimonials

making a difference

Get Involved

Takeout + Donate | Get Involved

Takeout + Donate

Simply add a donate button to your takeout and online ordering allowing your guests to provide financial support to restaurant employees impacted by COVID through Restaurants Care. Contact Alycia at aharshfield@calrest.org.

Additional Resources

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

Host an Event

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

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

This November, we’re asking you to support your neighborhood restaurants and show gratitude for the restaurant workers. Dine out to help out!

newest partner

Equator Coffees + Chef Tyler Florence

our restaurant community 

Wolf It Down Collection

Equator Coffee has partnered with Chef Tyler Florence to bring you a pair of delicious coffees with a purpose. For each bag sold, $3 will go to Restaurants Care to provide financial support to restaurant employees facing an unforeseen hardship.

Equator Coffees + Chef Tyler Florence


I’m a chef and restaurant operator. In 2017 when fires devastated wine country I teamed up with Restaurants Care® to help. They are on the frontlines helping to preserve our California food culture by helping the workers at the heart of our food family. By coming together in this crisis, we can serve hope to those suffering and get through this.”

– Tyler Florence

Wolf It Down Blend | Equator Coffees + Chef Tyler Florence

Wolf It Down Blend

A rich and smooth, highlighting a deep-toned coffee from small garden farms in the Lake Toba region of Sumatra, which offer nuances of sweet grapefruit and aromatic wood.

Wolf It Down Espresso Blend | Equator Coffees + Chef Tyler Florence

Wolf It Down Espresso

With flavors of fruit, dark chocolate and spice the result in an espresso sweet enough to taste great on its own, while maintaining enough richness and intensity to stand up to milk.

To learn more about our partnerships, contact us at info@restaurantscare.org.

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let's get together (virtually) 

Wellness Webinars

WEBINAR: Awareness and Support for Substance Use + Suicide Prevention

September 11, 2020

This presentation will seek to shed light on why substance use and suicide prevention efforts matter for owners and management, as well as what they can do to create a culture of support. Restaurant owners and managers will walk away with tangible strategies and tools to support their employees.  

WATCH ON-DEMAND

WEBINAR: Maxed Out! Managing Stress for You, Your Guests, and Staff

July 01, 2020

Learn practical stress management strategies and how to create an emotionally safe environment for you, your staff and your guests. This webinar is focused on wellness needs for the foodservice community.

WATCH ON-DEMAND

WEBINAR: Managing Financial Anxiety During a Pandemic

August 24, 2020

These are scary and unpredictable times. Many of you have had to make tough decisions and worrying about how to get by financially can be overwhelming. Our experts will share insights on the economic outlook, provide practical advice and tools for coping, and connect you to resources to help you weather this storm.

WATCH ON-DEMAND

emergency grants

Helping those in Need

Restaurants Care provides direct financial relief to restaurant 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. 

To learn more, please contact us at info@restaurantscare.org