Who Serve Us
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 restaurant workers and their families since 2017.
How We Help
We provide direct financial assistance (typically $500 – $1,500) to restaurant workers experiencing illness, injury, natural disaster, or death in the immediate family.
The inspiration for Restaurants Care came just a few years ago when Jose, a cook in Sacramento, was struck in a hit and run on his way home after a late-night shift. He suffered a broken back, amongst other life-threatening injuries. The doctors at UC Davis Medical Center didn’t expect him to live.
The restaurant community came together and raised money to support Jose while he recovered. At that moment, we knew that something bigger had to happen. Restaurants Care was created to take care of the most vulnerable in our industry. We are here to offer care, support and hope during their darkest hour.
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.
Restaurants Care Grants Awarded Since 2017
Natural Disaster Grants Awarded Since 2017
COVID-19 Grants Awarded Since 2020
what drives us
Restaurants Care’s mission is to provide support for our restaurant families in need by offering financial assistance for basic living expenses as people recover from an injury, illness, death in the family, or unseen hardship. We are investing in our workforce, the heart of our community, restaurant workers in their time of need.
We are moved and honored to be a resource to our restaurant community, and we look forward to helping many more through Restaurants Care.
serving. supporting. caring.