Do I qualify for a CORE grant?

  1. Applicants must have at least one parent/legal guardian working in the food & beverage service industry (full or part-time).
  2. Applicants must have at least one minor child living in the same home as the food & beverage service employee who is a legal guardian/parent.
    • Children up to 22 years-old may be acceptable if they are currently enrolled in higher education (college or vocational program).
    • Families who have adult children who are medically dependent on their parents due to physical or intellectual disability may also apply. Documentation required.
  3. Applicants must have experienced at least one of the qualifying circumstances detailed below within six months of their application date.

Please note that loss of employment, wages, or shifts is not a CORE qualifying circumstance and will not be considered unless a CORE qualifying circumstance is also present.

What is considered a qualifying event?

  • Significant medical diagnosis or injury of a parent/legal guardian or child (Covid + diagnosis applies here)
  • Injury or accident of a parent/legal guardian or child
  • Death of an immediate family member (child or parent/legal guardian)
  • Loss of life or home due to fire, flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster
  • House Fire
  • Documented Domestic Violence

What is the definition of ``food and beverage employees?``

People that are currently employed in any type of foodservice operation: quick service, fast casual, polished casual, and/or fine dining restaurants.  Also, employees working for hotel bar/dining & in-room service, cafeteria and dining halls, healthcare foodservice, school foodservice, event concessions, food trucks, and catering organizations.  

I've received a CORE grant in the past - can I reapply?

Former CORE grant recipients may only reapply for CORE assistance when 12 full months have passed since the previous award date.

All CORE grant recipients are limited to a lifetime cap of $7,500.

Is there a deadline for an application for CORE assistance?

Applications must be submitted within 6 months of the qualifying event. 

Do I have to repay my CORE grant?

No, CORE grants are considered gifts and are not subject to repayment.


Do I have to report CORE grants on my income tax?

No, CORE grants are considered gifts and are not taxable. 


How does CORE raise money?

CORE engages a national network of Corporate Partners, Sponsors and Donors to provide financial support and lend their voice to aid food and beverage employees with children who make America’s food and beverage establishments the cornerstone in the communities they serve.  CORE has a long history of working with organizations of all sizes to craft custom and meaningful cause marketing programs that drive positive business results.   FULL PARTNER LIST 



How can I donate or raise money for CORE?

CORE accepts donations from individual donors, foundations and corporations.   To donate directly to CORE you can send a check or donate online here.  You can also create a facebook fundraiser, add CORE to Amazon Smile, or host a fundraiser.  Click here to find out more


What are the advantages of becoming a corporate partner with CORE and how does my organization become one?

CORE Partnership opportunities and benefits are available with an up-front financial commitment, or by raising funds through cause marketing, event support, and employee engagement. 

 Contact to learn how you can become a corporate partner.  



Where do I send a check?

CORE’s financial office address is: 

1196 Buckhead Crossing 

Woodstock, GA 30189 


How do I volunteer with CORE?

We have two volunteer programs – an Ambassador Volunteer and an Operator Brand Advocate.  Everyone can sign up to volunteer as a CORE Ambassador and increase visibility of CORE. 

Food and beverage service operators can sign up to serve as an Advocate to learn about CORE grant criteria and help employees apply for a grant and navigate through the process.  Both volunteer opportunities are on the volunteer page: