Giving Kitchen Gives.


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

Giving Kitchen provides stability for some of the most hard-working and vulnerable members of our community: food service workers.

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


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


Our Two Core Programs: Crisis Grants + Stability Network

Giving Kitchen provides financial assistance to food service 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 Stability Network.

Food service workers may be eligible for a direct grant, matching grant and/or Stability Network assistance. 

To better serve the needs of our community, please complete our short Assistance Inquiry Form to be connected to a case manager if you or a food service worker you know needs help.

If facing an emergency situation, please call 911.


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

Our Crisis Grants program currently serve food service workers in Georgia. Grants are awarded based on the food service 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 made up of GK board members.

Food service workers can apply for assistance up to six months after a crisis occurs. Once we receive a completed application and employment verification, the average time to process the application is one week. 

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 documentation required during the application process. 

More Direct Grant Info

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 Matching Grant Info

Refer Someone

Sometimes a food service worker 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

Refer Someone



Through our Stability Network, we connect food service 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 Stability Network has connected thousands of people to housing, transportation, mental health, medical, child care assistance and more. Begin with the Assistance Inquiry Form to request assistance. 


Stability Network 101:

A set of resources available to food service workers in need of emergency assistance.

Interested in becoming a Stability Network partner? Let us know!

Download the GK app for a more comprehensive list of Stability Network resources, or complete our Assistance Inquiry Form.


GK food service Workers Group

Started in 2016 as a resource for food service 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 food service 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.



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.


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 Giving Kitchen and helps us serve the mental health needs of food service workers living in the Metro Atlanta area.


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.


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.




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