Giving Kitchen, a James Beard Foundation Award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance and a network of community resources to food service workers in times of crisis, announces an urgent call to action as the organization faces an unprecedented number of asks for help in 2023. 

Help us spread the word about Giving Kitchen’s critical work and how you can support food service workers this holiday season. We have never had to turn away a qualifying client and do not want to start now. 

Giving Kitchen’s Executive Director, Bryan Schroeder, and Founder, Jen Hidinger-Kendrick are available for interviews to address the impact of Giving Kitchen’s mission on the food service industry and the critical importance of support during the Giving Kitchen’s busiest time of the year. 

“With your support, Giving Kitchen has the opportunity to help more food service workers facing a crisis this holiday season,” says Executive Director, Bryan Schroeder. “Your contribution today can transform a food service worker’s crisis into stability, frustration into opportunity, and insignificance into dignity.”

2023 DATA POINTS

33% of all Asks for Help to Giving Kitchen in the last decade were received this year alone.

In 2023, Giving Kitchen: 

Provided over $3,279,628, equivalent of nearly 177 years of rent and utility assistance 

Households of financial assistance recipients included 1,127 children and 624 additional household members, extending the impact of these awards 

Served clients were served in 37 different states, highlighting the nationwide impact of Giving Kitchen’s support.

Giving Kitchen’s Stability Network

Where clients can receive one-on-one case management, and are provided critical resources for housing and utility assistance, family and social services (e.g., food assistance, legal representation) and mental health services. Also included GK Pop-Up Doc event, where food service workers are offered free medical health assessments and services. 

In the last three months, GK saw an average of 13 resources per client. 

Year-to-date, Giving Kitchen’s Stability Network has served 3,394 clients across 45 states.

“Receiving financial assistance gave me my security back knowing I could pay my bills, because without Giving Kitchen’s help, I would have lost my house,” says Cherlyn, Giving Kitchen Client undergoing chemotherapy. “If I didn’t receive assistance at the time I did, I would have been homeless.” The client stories behind these statistics underscore the inherently vulnerable nature of the food service industry and the urgent need for comprehensive support systems. 

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