Changing Lives Through Restaurants

California Restaurant Foundation

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Serving California’s Restaurant Community

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, CRF 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

Get involved

Make a Difference

Inspire Future Leaders

From guest speaking in a high school classroom to sponsoring an event, there are so many ways to make an impact. 

Give Hope

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




Helping Culinary Teachers Go Digital

When classes went digital in 2020, we mobilized quickly to keep students engaged

Thank you to the organizations that powered our new digital content! HMSHost Foundation, the Carol and James Collins Foundation, Phelps Foundation, the Fig Foundation, the CRA Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego Chapters.  

Virtual Field Trips

College Panels

Cooking at Home

Virtual Competition

Culinary Demos

Job-Readiness Training

ProStart Spotlight

Opening up opportunities for young professions in the food industry

2021 Student Testimonials - Andrew
2021 Student Testimonials - Star

Annual Partners