What We Do

Since 2004, CORE has raised more than $4 million and granted support to more than 500 families from across the industry and the country. Contributions from our COREporate Members and individual donors allow CORE to provide grants that keep our families safe, healthy, and happy.

CORE has supported food and beverage service families in over 35 states and Puerto Rico, and we have Board Members, Advisory Council Members, and Ambassadors across the country that help spread the word and gain awareness of CORE’s mission.

CORE Grants

If a family qualifies for CORE support, they receive a grant to cover medical bills for children, gas cards, groceries, clothing, medical supplies and therapies, utilities, rent and mortgage, and other essential needs a family might need to navigate their specific circumstance. We work with the family to create the best and most impactful grant for their family and needs. All information provided to CORE is kept confidential.

CORE reserves the right to determine which circumstances and conditions qualify as life-altering and determine how CORE grant funds are distributed in fulfillment of each grant. CORE families may reapply for support after (3) years since the date of grant distribution. If you are interested in applying for support or referring a family for support, please visit our grant application.

Qualifying Events

Qualifying events include but are not limited to:

• Diagnosed Medical Condition (child or parent)
• Injury or Accident (child or parent)
• Death of an immediate family member (child or parent)
• Domestic abuse (child or parent)
• Natural disaster, fire or other unexpected housing emergency

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/Internet service
• Direct Cash/Check to Family

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, CORE Advisory Council, COREporate members and sponsors, CORE Ambassadors, CORE volunteers, CORE grant recipients, and individual CORE donors and supporters.
  • CORE Grant: support in the form of funds to be used 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, step-family, 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.
  • Life-altering Circumstances or Conditions: sudden life changes that affect a family (as defined above) emotionally, financially, mentally, or socially in an extreme way; includes but is not limited to changes in family member medical health (i.e. child or family member diagnosed with a medical condition), passing of parent/caregiver/guardian or child, loss of home due to sudden environmental changes, etc. CORE reserves the right to define the parameters of life-altering circumstances or conditions for each of our recipients.
  • Parent/Caregiver/Guardian: one who is the parent, caregiver, custodian, or guardian of a child.
  • Restaurant: any place where food and beverage is 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 employees”.