Restaurants Care

Serving. Supporting. Caring.

Your donations help us to provide one-time financial support to restaurant employees facing an unforeseen hardship.

COVID-19 resources + ASSISTANCEHow you can Help

COVID-19 update

Restaurants Care is here for you

We are committed to serving California’s food service community as we work together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time, due to our current resources and in an effort to help our most vulnerable, Restaurants Care grants are evaluated in the following order of priority for restaurant workers who are:

(1) Diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), or a caregiver for an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or quarantined with a doctor’s note

(2) Restaurant closed and out of work 3 weeks or more and no unemployment benefits

Please rest assured that we are working tirelessly to address an influx of requests for financial assistance and it is our goal to support as many in our restaurant community as possible. To get involved click here!

we need you

How You Can Help

Join the movement and help us raise much-needed funds for restaurant workers for COVID-19 relief through Restaurants Care®.

Restaurants Care® is an established emergency assistance fund for California restaurant workers, and we’ve seen these workers through five natural disasters in less than three years. By coming together, we can get through this too! But we need your help.

It is easy + turnkey. We will send you a toolkit with social posts, images and a letter to request support from partners.

Please contact Alycia Harshfield at aharshfield@calrest.org to get involved.

“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

#OurFoodFamily

Your Impact

Groceries

Groceries

Your gift of $50 will help provide groceries for a restaurant worker and their family.

$50
Childcare

Childcare

Your gift of $350 will help with childcare, transportation and utilities for a worker in need.

$350
Childcare

Housing

Your gift of $500 will help provide a family with rent while they are out of work.

$500

thank you to our donors

Our Food Family Champions 

emergency grants

Helping those in Need

Restaurants Care is a program of the CRA Foundation.  We provide one-time financial support to restaurant employees 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. It is our way of giving back to the employees at the heart of our restaurant community. 

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 Bobbi Cichowski at ​bCichowski@calrest.org

serving hope

Testimonials

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.

Donate

Pitch in and help the heart of our restaurant family! Donations, no matter the amount, offer hope and peace of mind.

Download a Poster

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

COVID-19 Grants

Restaurants Care has funds available for restaurant workers affected by the recent COVID-19 epidemic.

The Grateful Table

This farm-inspired dinner is a gathering of restaurant leaders to help support Restaurants Care. Join us. 

newest partner

Uncle Ed’s Damn Good Vodka

our restaurant community 

Thank you to Uncle Ed’s Support

We are thrilled to partner with Uncle Ed’s and their team of visionaries committed to making a positive impact on our planet and its inhabitants, and we’re honored they have chosen to invest in Restaurants Care.

-Alycia Harshfield, Executive Director of CRAF

To learn more about our partnerships, contact Bobbi Cichowski at ​bCichowski@calrest.org