How CORE Helps

CORE provides grants to help foodservice families bridge the financial gap during a qualifying crisis. Thanks to the generosity of corporate partners and individual donors, CORE has awarded financial grants to more than 1,500 families from all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

What is a CORE Grant?

A CORE grant is a gift of financial support to qualifying food & beverage service employees with children. Every CORE grant is uniquely tailored to a grantee’s qualifying circumstances and financial need. Expenses that CORE grants cover include rent and mortgage, utilities, medical supplies, medical or therapy equipment, therapies, prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, medical travel expenses, funeral expenses, groceries, clothing, and other essential needs a family may need assistance with.

Documentation is required from CORE applicants. Applicant information provided to CORE will remain confidential. CORE reserves the right to determine which circumstances and conditions qualify for financial support and will determine how CORE grant funds are distributed. If you are interested in applying for a CORE grant, please complete our online grant application.


Qualifying Events

  • 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


The following are NOT qualifying circumstances eligible for CORE support:

  • Homelessness
  • Loss of work or wages (being fired or unable to find new job)
  • Divorce or separation from significant other
  • Decreased work shifts
  • Car repair or accident without significant documented injury
  • Being behind on bills
  • Undocumented domestic violence
  • Disconnected utilities
  • Death of family member outside of the legal guardian or parent/child relationship

Expenses Covered

Types of expenses we cover include but are not limited to:

  • Rent or mortgage
  • Utilities such as electric, gas, water and sewer
  • Funeral expenses including travel to out-of-town funerals
  • Medical bills/supplies
  • Therapy sessions/equipment
  • Hospital expenses for family: travel, hotel stays, food, gas, etc.
  • Other child needs: diapers, formula, etc.
  • Childcare costs

Expenses we DO NOT cover:

  • Cable service
  • Direct Cash/Check to Family
  • Hospital bills
  • Car repair
  • Past due balances unrelated to circumstance

Grant Diversity

CORE celebrates the diverse make-up of those working in the restaurant and beverage industry. Our sole function is to be there for those employees and their families in times of critical need due to a health crisis or natural disaster, regardless of race, religion, gender identification or sexual orientation.

Reapplication Policy

Former CORE grant recipients may only reapply for CORE assistance when 12 full months have passed since the previous award date. The new application can be for the same chronic condition that previously qualified or for a new qualifying circumstance. All existing CORE qualifying criteria must be relevant to a reapplicant’s case and adhere to all 3 Tiers of CORE Qualifying Criteria.