Restaurants Care

We are here for you.

Help a restaurant worker in need

– Important update –

Restaurants Care is here for you 

Dear Valued Partner,

All of us at the CRA Foundation (CRAF) want to express our concern for the situation faced by so many in our restaurant family. First and foremost, we are committed to serving California’s food service community as we work together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking to help fill the gap where government resources are unable to provide support, while still protecting those who need it most.

At this time due to our current resources and in an effort to help our most vulnerable, Restaurants Care grants are evaluated in the following order of priority for restaurant workers who are:

(1) Diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or those who have been quarantined with a doctor’s note
(2) Caregivers for an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or quarantined with a doctor’s note
(3) Restaurant closed and out of work 3 weeks or more and no unemployment benefits
(4) Out of work less than 3 weeks

We also recognize that we are a safety net for those experiencing general hardship on top of COVID-19, and we will continue to provide financial assistance to those in crisis due to an unexpected illness, injury or natural disaster. Understanding how important it is to employers like yourself to care for your staff, we are continuing to evaluate our funds, explore government assistance available, and determine additional ways in which we can help many more restaurant workers during these uncertain times.

Please rest assured that we are working tirelessly to address an influx of requests for financial assistance and it is our goal to support as many in our restaurant community as possible.



Alycia Harshfield
Executive Director

emergency grants

Helping Those In Need

Restaurants Care is a program of the CRA Foundation.  We provide one-time financial support to restaurant employees facing an unforeseen hardship.

Grants help to cover basic living expenses such as rent, food and utilities as someone works through a crisis. If you are injured, ill, in a natural disaster or experience personal challenges from mental health or substance abuse, Restaurants Care is here to help. It is our way of giving back to the employees at the heart of our restaurant community. 

If faced with an immediate emergency situation, call 911. If contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. 

To learn more please contact Bobbi Cichowski at ​

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Get Involved

Host an event
Make an impact! Host an event at your restaurant, business or home to support Restaurants Care.
apply for a grant
To apply for a grant, simply complete a brief application and have your manager or restaurant owner submit it CRAF
Pitch in and help the heart of our restaurant family! Donations, no matter the amount, offer hope and piece of mind.
Download a poster
Hang this poster in your kitchen or BOH to let your employees know about this new resource!

The Grateful Table

Save the Date: October 12, 2019 at the OC Fair & Event Center! This farm-inspired dinner is a gathering of restaurant leaders to support Restaurants Care. Join us. 

Natural Disaster

Restaurants Care provided 375 natural disaster grants to restaurant workers and their families affected by California fires and mudslides.

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Uncle Ed’s Damn Good Vodka

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We are thrilled to partner with Uncle Ed’s and their team of visionaries committed to making a positive impact on our planet and its inhabitants, and we’re honored they have chosen to invest in Restaurants Care.


– Alycia Harshfield, Executive Director of CRAF

To learn more about our partnerships, contact Bobbi Cichowski at ​