The Giving Kitchen (TGK) is a nonprofit charity based in Atlanta, GA, inspired by an outpouring of support from the hospitality industry when Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with last stage cancer in December 2012.

TGK provides crisis grants to members of Atlanta’s restaurant community who are in financial need, to help cover cost of living expenses while they recover from an accident, unanticipated illness, or natural disaster. TGK also provides crisis grants to workers with financial need to help pay for funeral arrangements for immediate family members. 

TGK provides two separate types of grants – crisis grants that pay basic living expenses directly, and matching grants that match funds raised by a restaurant team on the behalf of a worker in need.

Grant Information

TGK is accepting grant applications from individuals in the restaurant industry for themselves, on behalf of another member of the industry or an immediate dependent (spouse, child) as listed on tax returns. Applications will be processed and reviewed promptly with funding being allocated immediately thereafter.

Contact Leah with any grant questions or if you need assistance with the application process, leah@thegivingkitchen.org, (404) 640-6741

Select a type of grant below to learn more:

The Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta’s restaurant community facing an unanticipated crisis.

Crisis Grants

Following a grant application process and financial review, approved applicants receive funds to pay rent and utilities.


The Crisis Grant requires applicants to meet very specific criteria in order to qualify for financial assistance in the areas of basic living expenses (i.e. rent, utilities, etc.), travel costs associated with receiving or giving care for applicants or their immediate families, and funeral arrangements. Consideration for a Crisis Grant will only be applied if the applicant or intended recipient is subject to an unforeseen circumstance such as illness, injury or natural disaster. For a Direct Grant linked to both basic living expenses and funeral arrangements, applicant must provide updated status documentation supplied by their employer, physician, landlord/lender and insurance company, respectively.

While we develop and implement our application process, TGK will consider grants to individuals who are unable to pay basic living expenses as a direct result of unforeseen circumstances (including but not limited to injury, illness, death, natural disaster, fire, or housing emergency). Applicants must provide employment verification, fill out a very basic financial summary, and submit documentation of actual expenses. Eligible expenses include: rent or mortgage; utilities (electric, gas, water/sewer); travel or equipment for medical care; expenses related to moving to a new residence in the case of natural disaster, fire or other housing emergency). Payments will not be made directly to grantees; expenses will be paid directly to vendors. Grants will only be awarded to applicants who currently (or at the time of injury or illness) work(ed) at least half-time for a restaurant that operates in the Atlanta area.

Matching Grants

TGK will match funds raised by a restaurant on behalf of one of their teammates.


Matching Grants provide an opportunity for TGK to work directly with the applicants’ direct associates or other members of the restaurant industry to essentially collect/raise money to help the intended recipient. TGK will match all funds raised on behalf of an applicant. While a Matching Grant require less verification than a Crisis Grant, guidelines also exist for this program, and a narrative explanation of the request is expected with each application. Matching Grants may be used to fund expenses not within the conditions established for a Crisis Grant (i.e. non-essential living expenses, transportation needs, etc).

If you are interested in the Matching Grant program and have any questions, please send an email to: application@thegivingkitchen.org

Referral Form

If you know of a restaurant industry employee who is experiencing an unanticipated crisis.


If you know someone in need, please let us know. We can reach to you or the person in need directly. All information submitted remains confidential and will only be discussed with the applicant.
This form only starts an application. We must receive: personal statement with hardship and missed work information, proof of employment, copies of bills and the financial worksheet. Information can be found in the full grant application.

We are so thankful to TGK for their generosity. They are a testament to the caring nature of Atlanta’s restaurant community. We are anxious to be able to pay it forward.

Carlin Guite, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse | 2014 Direct Grant Recipient