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Serving Those Who Serve Us... Every. Day. 

Stopping the cycle of poverty before it starts and offering a connection to social services needed to thrive after a crisis, we care for the most hard-working and vulnerable members of our community: restaurant workers.

 
 
 
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Contact our programs team with questions or for assistance with the application process at application@thegivingkitchen.org
or 404-254-1227.

NECESITA AYUDA?

Se habla español. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Leah para más información a leah@thegivingkitchen.org o 404-640-6741.

ProgramS

Our Two Core Programs: Crisis Grants & SafetyNet.

The Giving Kitchen provides financial assistance to restaurant workers, based on financial need and a defined set of criteria, through our Crisis Grants. We've also created a referral program to serve as a connection to social services for restaurant workers called SafetyNet.

To better serve the needs of our community, all restaurant workers in need of emergency assistance should start with our Assistance Inquiry Form. If faced with an immediate emergency situation, call 911.

Potential grantees may be eligible for a direct grant, matching grant and/or SafetyNet assistance--or all three. 

 
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Through our Crisis Grants, we cover the cost of living expenses for restaurant workers impacted by illness, injury, death or a natural disaster.

Our Crisis Grants program currently serve restaurant workers living in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Rome. Grants are awarded based on the restaurant worker's financial need as well as a set of criteria according to the type of crisis. Most often, our financial assistance covers the cost of rent and utilities, paid directly to the service provider(s). Applications are reviewed by Giving Kitchen staff and a review committee consisting of GK board members. The average time to fully process an application from beginning to end is three weeks. 

Please note: we do not pay medical expenses.

Direct Grants

Each type of direct grant crisis (injury, illness, funeral or disaster) has specific qualification criteria and required documentation as part of the application process. More Here


Matching Grants

We match funds raised by a restaurant supporting one of their own if the crisis and need meet our criteria. Matching grants are paid directly to the grantee. More Here


Refer Someone

Sometimes a grantee is unable to begin or complete a crisis grant application on their own. If applying or assisting a friend, family member or co-worker, please start with our Assistance Inquiry Form. More Here

 
 
 


Through our SafetyNet program, we connect restaurant workers in need of emergency assistance to social services that fit their specific need(s).

Through partnerships with national, regional and local service organizations, as well as curated services specific to Giving Kitchen referrals, our SafetyNet program has connected thousands of people to housing, transportation, mental health, medical and child care assistance. Begin with the Assistance Inquiry Form to request assistance through our SafetyNet. 


 

SafetyNet 101:

A set of resources available to restaurant workers in need of emergency assistance

Interested in becoming a SafetyNet partner? Let us know!

 
 

GK Restaurant Workers Group


Started in 2016 as a resource for restaurant workers impacted by the closure of a large restaurant group, this private, moderated Facebook group has over 8,000 members and is a resource for members of the restaurant community to share job postings, to ask questions and to discuss industry issues. Entry to the group is available by request only after completing the required questions.

LEARN MORE HERE 

CORE


Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) is a nonprofit that supports children of food and beverage service workers navigating life-altering circumstances. If a family qualifies for CORE support, they receive a grant to cover medical bills and funeral expenses for children, gas, groceries, clothing, medical supplies and therapies, utilities, rent and mortgage, and whatever else a family might need to improve their specific circumstances.
 
LEARN MORE HERE

 

Metro Atlanta Counseling Service 


Metropolitan Counseling Services (MCS) is a leader in providing affordable mental health services and serves as a model for other programs seeking to reach underserved populations. MCS is a partner of the Giving Kitchen and helps us serve the mental health needs of restaurant workers living in the Metro Atlanta area.

LEARN MORE HERE

Metro Atlanta American Red Cross 


 

Metro Atlanta American Red Cross serves 12 metro counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale. They have three areas of focus: disaster preparedness and response; health and safety training; and emergency communications support for military and international families.

LEARN MORE HERE

Georgia Crisis and Access Hotline

 

 

The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) provides immediate access to routine or crisis services. For immediate help please call at 1-800-715-4225. GCAL is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to help you or someone you care for in a crisis. GCAL professionals will:

  • Provide telephonic crisis intervention services
  • Dispatch mobile crisis teams
  • Assist individuals in finding an open crisis or detox bed across the State
  • Link individuals with urgent appointment services

In addition, GCAL will help you to access a state-funded provider in your area in a non-emergency as well.

LEARN MORE HERE

 

 

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