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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.

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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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Two Years Later: Update on our 1st Restaurants Care Grantee

Two Years Later: Update on our 1st Restaurants Care Grantee

October 2019 Two years ago, Irene stood in front of the guests at the inaugural Grateful Table dinner to share her story. With baby Suehay on her hip, she talked about her life being turned upside down. Earlier that year, she had to unexpectedly care for her newborn...

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Chefs Curate a Fall Feast for The Grateful Table

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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