Direct GRANTS 

Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance grants to food service workers in need of emergency assistance. 



Our Crisis Grant program currently serves restaurant workers living in Georgia. Direct Grants are awarded based on financial need as well as a set of criteria according to the type of crisis. Most often, our financial assistance covers the cost of rent and utilities, paid directly to the service provider(s), or funeral expenses for an immediate family member or food service worker. Applications are reviewed by Giving Kitchen staff and a review committee consisting of GK board members. The average time to fully process an application from beginning to end is three weeks. 

Please note: we do not pay medical expenses.


Type of Qualifying Crises


Breaks, bumps or another physical ailment causing a food service worker to miss work.


Coughs, colds or worse, a sickness causing a food service worker to miss work.


Death in a food service worker's immediate family or work community.


Flood, fire or storm damage disrupting a food service worker's work schedule and housing.


Who We Serve

Giving Kitchen's Crisis Grants serve food service workers in Georgia. 



FOOD SERVICE* is defined as:

  • Brick and mortar location within GK service area that prepare food on site and have seating for guests within GK service area

  • Catering, concessions and food trucks within GK service area

*At this time, similar establishments that do NOT qualify under GK’s guidelines include bars that do not prepare and serve food; coffee shops that do not prepare and serve food; and ice cream and yogurt shops.

Giving Kitchen serves Georgia: