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!

Financial support for restaurant employees.

All grant applications are accepted on-line only. I’m sorry we cannot take phone call applications. Thank you for your understanding.

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 food family donors

Relief 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!

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

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
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 Bobbi Cichowski at ​bCichowski@calrest.org

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let's get together (virtually) 

Events & Webinars

WEBINAR: Why Customer Connection is Key

August 13, 2020

As digital technologies ramp up and available options seem endless, creating a digital strategy to reach and engage current, past, and prospective clients is key. Panelists will discuss the ways in which you can connect to your customers through the digital world, including your presence and through others on social media and marketing programs, and why you want to stay connected with a direct connection to your customers and fans.

REGISTER TODAY

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

May 27, 2020 | 61m

To say we are living in challenging times is an understatement. We recognize the enormous stress the COVID-19 pandemic is causing everyone. So how do we balance taking care of ourselves while supporting our staff and alleviating the fears and anxiety of guests? Join us for a compelling webinar discussion and 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

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