CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees

This national non-profit organization provides financial assistance to food and beverage employees with children. These families can apply for financial grants at those unfortunate times when they must navigate a medical diagnosis, an illness, injury, or a death, or when their home or work is impacted by a natural disaster.

CORE impact


Number of families helped


Individual grants awarded in 2020

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Announcing the Culinary Ambassador Program in 2021

The Culinary Ambassador Program was created to increase awareness for CORE and its critical grants program. 



Sheila Bennett Executive Director of CORE

We've noticed a significant increase in grant applications when there is direct communication with restaurant employees and what better way to expand awareness with culinary ambassadors to inform their leadership teams, culinary network and community.

Chefs who recently joined the initiative include:

  • Chef Lindsay Autry (Southeast Region) 

  • Chef Einat Admony (Northeast Region)

  • Chef Lamar Moore (Central Region) 

  • Chef Brother Luck (Mountain Region)

  • Chef Mourad Lahlou (West Region)  

Throughout the year, participating chefs will lend their support to CORE through their online presence and in their restaurants.

Program Information

To learn more or donate, visit CORE's site