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Three Tiers of Qualifying Criteria

To Qualify for a grant families must meet ALL of the following.

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 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 application date.

Please note a COVID diagnosis is considered a qualifying event only when the diagnosis has medical documentation of severe health complications.

  •  A loss of employment, wages, or shifts is not a CORE qualifying circumstance and will not be considered unless one of the following circumstances is also present.


CORE strives to help food and beverage service employees as quickly as possible. Typically, applications are processed (submission to payment) within 3-4 weeks, however, timeframes may vary based on application volume. To expedite this process, please submit all requested documents when completing the application.

Qualifying Events

  • Significant medical diagnosis or injury of the food and beverage service worker, their spouse/domestic partner, or their child

  • Injury or accident of the food and beverage service worker, their spouse/domestic partner, or their child

  • Death of the food and beverage service worker or an immediate family member (their spouse/domestic partner, their child, or their child’s second parent who provides financially for their child

  • Chronic illness, disease, or disorder of the food and beverage service employee, their spouse/domestic partner, or their child with documented diagnosis, documented current treatment, and documented significant loss of work

  • Loss of life, place of employment, or home due to a natural disaster (fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, etc.)

  • House fire not related to a natural disaster with significant damage

  • Documented domestic violence or abuse



  •  A qualifying circumstance taking place more than 6 months prior to application date
  • Homelessness or eviction
  • Chronic illness, disease, or disorder that does not cause significant loss of work
  • Loss of work or wages (being fired or unable to find new job)
  • Short-term illness without documented significant loss of work
  • Divorce or separation from significant other
  • Decreased work shifts
  • Car repair or accident without significant documented injury
  • Being behind on bills
  • Undocumented domestic violence or abuse
  • Disconnected utilities

 Grant Definitions

Child: one dependent on, under the care of, or in custody of a parent, caregiver, or guardian.

CORE Family: refers to all members of CORE staff, CORE Board of Directors, Corporate partners and sponsors, CORE Ambassadors, CORE grantees, and individual CORE donors and supporters.

CORE Grant: support in the form of funds to be used, as approved by CORE, to support families of restaurant employees (as defined below).

Family: may refer to a group of people who are related to each other, living in the same household as each other, financially dependent upon each other, or providing care for each other; may include: parent, child, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle, stepfamily, half-family, etc. Must include at least one child (as defined above) to be eligible for CORE support. CORE reserves the right to define the family group parameters for each of our recipients.

Parent/Caregiver/Guardian: one who is the parent, caregiver, custodian, or legal guardian of a child.

Restaurant: any place where food and beverage are prepared, bought and sold on-premise, including quick service (ex.: Starbucks and McDonald’s, grocery store hot bar), fast casual (ex.: Panera), casual dining (ex.: Olive Garden), fine dining (ex.: Fleming’s Steak House), and room service and in-hotel restaurants (ex.: Marriott hotel bar or in-room food service), food trucks, and hospital and school cafeterias.

Restaurant Employee: a person on the payroll of a restaurant (as defined above) part- or full-time. CORE refers to these employees as “food and beverage service employees”.

Reapplication Policy

Former CORE grant recipients may only re-apply for CORE assistance when 12 full months have passed since the previous award date. A new application can be submitted to CORE for the same chronic condition that previously qualified them or for a new qualifying circumstance.  All existing CORE qualifying criteria must be relevant to a reapplicant’s case and adhere to CORE qualifying policies.

All CORE grant recipients are limited to a lifetime threshold of $7,500.00. Once that amount is reached, a candidate is no longer eligible for CORE support. In extreme circumstances, a case may be presented to the Executive Board if the CORE Grants Committee recognizes and agrees that the circumstance should qualify for additional assistance outside of the $7,500.00 threshold.