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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 leverages the power of California’s restaurant industry 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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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

Winners of the 2018 CA ProStart Cup

  The state's top student chefs, entrepreneurs and innovators went head-to-head in the 16th annual CA ProStart Cup presented by BJ's Restaurants on March 18+19 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, CA. The competition was fierce as students...

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