A Relief Fund with Heart
Grants to 674 Independent Restaurants!
Over the last two years, the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund has provided grants to 674 independent restaurants (318 in 2021 and 356 in 2022). That’s 674 burger joints, taquerias, bakeries, and more that got a boost when they needed it most.
In 2022, the fund was focused on supporting two things that keep a restaurant running – kitchens and crews. Grant funds, powered by substantial donations from SoCalGas, PGE&E, and SDG&E could be used to invest in equipment upgrades or retention bonuses.
Many of these restaurants represent family legacies and life-long dreams. The average time in business is 9.7 years, with nearly 80 restaurants operating for more than two decades. To see the full list of our 2022 grant recipients click here.
And we’re not stopping there! Wells Fargo is powering one year of small business support services for the restaurants. Monthly trainings, discounts, and access to experts will build long-term resilience for our restaurant community.
Restaurants Care was created in 2017 as a safety-net for food and beverage workers, and that hasn’t stopped! Year-round we help the servers, cooks, and dishwashers at the heart of restaurants. To learn more about hardship grants for food and beverage workers click here.
Thank You to Our Funders
What resilience looks like
Grants for kitchen equipment or retention bonuses
A safety-net for crew members
Free support services
What did grants cover in 2022?
Kitchens and crews keep restaurants running – we made them more resilient!
The Resilience Fund invested in the two things that keep a restaurant running—kitchens and crews. Grants were awarded to restaurants for kitchen equipment upgrades or retention bonuses.
Meet the 2022 Restaurant Grantees
a bit about the restaurants
Of the restaurant grantees….
- 52% are full-service restaurants
- 72% are women
- 83% are people of color
- 49% will use the grant for kitchen upgrades and 51% will use the grant for retention bonuses
- The most in-demand kitchen equipment? Ovens! 32% of those who selected “kitchen equipment” will use the funds to buy ovens.
- 1,211 hard-working employees will receive retention bonuses!
- 92% of the restaurants are single-unit and 8% have 2-3 units.
- The oldest restaurant is Phoenix Bakery in LA’s Chinatown (84 years!!).
How did this start?
Restaurants Care is a relief fund for California food and beverage workers launched in 2017. We provide direct assistance when cooks, servers, dishwashers and more face unforeseen hardship. When the pandemic hit, we mobilized quickly to support 1,200 workers and their families.
Given the extraordinary circumstances brought on by the pandemic, we recognized a need to go further and help restaurant businesses stay open and keep their crews employed.
This dream was made possible by a coalition of funders who were truly partners in creating the Resilience Fund. Our deepest gratitude to lead funder SoCalGas and generous funders PG&E, SDG&E and Wells Fargo.
We love restaurants. We’re here to help.