Changing Lives Through Restaurants

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Serving 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 changes lives through restaurants. 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.

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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

Where Are They Now? ProStart student spotlight

Where Are They Now? ProStart student spotlight

For 38 years, CRAF has made college access a priority for our restaurant community. Through scholarships, college fairs, tours, and peer mentors, we are inspiring thousands of students each year to dream bigger. Meet three incredible ProStart alumni who pursued their...

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3,500 Teens Trained by Restaurant Pros on One Day

3,500 Teens Trained by Restaurant Pros on One Day

Restaurant volunteers took over high school classrooms across California on October 22. Restaurants teamed up with the California Restaurant Foundation to help Gen Z students prepare for their first jobs – everything from resume-writing to practical interview skills....

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