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Empowering California’s Restaurant Workforce


We’re cooking up stronger communities in California by investing in the people at the heart of our restaurant industry.

A nonprofit organization founded in 1981, CRAF uses restaurants to change lives. We empower young people with the skills they need to land a job and go to college. We provide restaurant employees with financial assistance and peace of mind during unforeseen crisis.

Why Restaurants

Opportunity is on the Menu

Restaurants create economic opportunity and stronger communities

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Make a Difference

Inspire Future Leaders

From guest speaking in a high school classroom to mentoring, there are so many ways to make an impact. Volunteers from all aspects of the hospitality industry are welcome.

Give Hope

Help restaurant workers facing a hardship. From hosting a fundraiser to volunteering at an event, we need you.



News And Events

Chefs Curate a Fall Feast for The Grateful Table

September 20, 2019  The Grateful Table dinner is once again coming to Orange County on October 12. This magical dinner under the stars brings together Southern California's restaurant community for a cause that hits close to home - Restaurants Care. Launched in 2017,...

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Restaurants Care: Two Years and 383 Grants Later

Two years ago, we mailed our first check to a restaurant worker in need. A lot has happened since then! Restaurants Care has provided grants to 383 restaurant workers during their most trying times.  Proud Moments  Setting up pop-up support centers in Santa Barbara...

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