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Giving Kitchen


The Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance grants to
 Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship.

The Giving Kitchen (TGK) is an Atlanta based non-profit that provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated hardship.

TGK pays basic living expenses for restaurant workers in their time of need-- the dishwashers and servers and line cooks who face the unanticipated crisis like an injury from a car accident, a sudden illness, or the death of a parent.

The Giving Kitchen was founded in 2013 by former Atlanta chef, Ryan Hidinger, who was diagnosed with late stage cancer, and his wife Jen, as a way to pay forward the overwhelming support shown to them and offer peace of mind to others in the restaurant community facing their own hardships.

Before the formation of The Giving Kitchen was a dream that Ryan and Jen shared – to open their own restaurant. Today, that dream has become a reality through the operation of a restaurant with a purpose, a first of its kind in Atlanta. Staplehouse the restaurant will provide 100% of net profits to The Giving Kitchen, that Ryan and Jen’s dream not only serves great food, but offers peace of mind and changes lives for years to come. 

 As of January 1, 2015, the Giving Kitchen provides direct and matching emergency assistance grants to workers who are currently employed (or were at the time of crisis) with table service restaurants and quick service restaurants with guest seating located in the 30 county metro Atlanta area.  Grants will only be awarded to workers facing an unanticipated, qualified hardship or emergency. 

The Giving Kitchen crisis fund does NOT cover: cafeterias, social caterers, grocery stores, and snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars.

Following an application process and a financial review, direct grant checks will, in most cases, be paid directly to the monthly service providers. Matching grants will be awarded to grantees whose place of employment raises money on their behalf.  For workers employed by a company that also provides emergency assistance, only matching grants will apply and only up to the $2500 maximum.  

Qualifying events include:  
• Illness 
• Injury or Accident
• Death of an immediate family member
• Natural disaster, fire or other unexpected housing emergency 
Types of expenses we cover:  
• Rent or mortgage
• Utilities such as electric, gas, water and sewer
• Funeral expenses including travel to out of town funerals
• Cellphone or landline phone
Expenses we DO NOT cover: 
• Medical expenses
• Insurance
• Loan payments (student, car, personal)
• Cable/Internet service 
The counties of coverage are Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb,
Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry,
Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding,