Restaurants Care

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

$5,000 Grants for Restaurants

The Resilience Fund returns this October. Since 2021, the Resilience Fund has provided aid to 972 independent restaurants. Please sign up below to receive alerts and updates about this fund. Funding for grants made possible by SoCalGas, PG&E, and SDG&E.

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 100% powered by donations. Your gift will make a meaningful impact.

2022 Impact Report

In 2022 you helped strengthen California’s only statewide relief fund for food and beverage workers and small restaurants. From providing stable housing, to buying baby formula, to helping make payroll, grants from Restaurants Care kept hundreds 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

Assistance for F+B workers during times of crisis. 

Giving Crew

Restaurants Care is a nonprofit fund that provides direct relief grants to food and beverage 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 1,900 F+B workers and their families since 2017.

How We Help

We provide up to $2,500 directly 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. We created a safety-net for food and beverage workers in 2017 and a safety-net for small restaurant owners in 2021. Restaurants Care provides hope and stability to those at the heart of California’s vibrant food and drink 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

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

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

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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

Restaurants Care Wine Partners

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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