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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

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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Mini Mentor Lunch Inspires 200 ProStart Students

April 9, 2019  More than 45 restaurant professionals had lunch with 200 ProStart students at Experience Hospitality: Orange County. This unique event connects employers and high school students for a fun and interactive "mini mentor" session. Industry volunteers...

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Brian Murphy Wins Educator of Excellence Award

(SACRAMENTO) – Brian Murphy, an accomplished ProStart® culinary arts teacher at San Diego High School, has been chosen as the 2019 Educator of Excellence by the California Restaurant Association Foundation.   This prestigious award is given once a year to just...

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