A Relief Fund with Heart
Grants to 1,325 Restaurants (and counting!)
Since 2021, the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund has awarded $5.94 million in grants to 1,325 independent restaurants throughout California. That’s 1,325 burger joints, taquerias, bakeries, and more at the heart of our communities.
Many of these restaurants represent family legacies and life-long dreams. The average time in business is 10 years and 92% are single unit restaurants. 66% of the restaurants are owned by women and 77% are owned by people of color. On average, each restaurant employs 11 people – that’s over 10,000 employees!
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 our fund for food and beverage workers click here.
Thank You to Our Funders
$5,000 Grants for:
– Kitchen Equipment
– Technology Upgrades
– Employee Training/Retention
– Unforeseen Hardship
How did this start?
Restaurants Care, a program of the nonprofit California Restaurant Foundation, is a relief fund for food and beverage workers. We provide grants of up to $2,500 directly to cooks, servers, dishwashers and more when they face an unforeseen hardship.
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. The Resilience Fund was born.
What started as a response to the pandemic has evolved into a permanent fund to build resilience within our restaurant community. This dream was made possible by a coalition of funders who were truly partners in creating the Resilience Fund. Our deepest gratitude to SoCalGas, PG&E, and SDG&E.
We love restaurants. We’re here to help.