Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers through financial support and a network of community resources.


Giving Kitchen (GK) is a nonprofit organization that was inspired by an outpouring of support from the hospitality industry when Chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in December 2012.

GK provides financial assistance and SafetyNet resources to those in the Metro Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Rome restaurant communities who need help to cover their living expenses while recovering from an accident, illness or disaster. GK also provides assistance to eligible restaurant workers to help pay for funeral arrangements for immediate family members. 

GK offers two types of Crisis Grants: direct grants that pay basic living expenses, and matching grants that match funds raised by a restaurant team on the behalf of a co-worker in need.

To better serve the needs of our community, all restaurant workers in need of emergency assistance from GK should start with our Assistance Inquiry Form.

If faced with an immediate emergency situation, call 911. If contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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