Children of Restaurant Employees

Children of Restaurant Employees, or CORE, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization funded by donations from individuals, food and beverage operators, suppliers and distributors, and special events. CORE supports the children of food and beverage employees who are navigating life-altering circumstances or conditions. Since its inception in 2004, CORE has helped over 165 children from families across the industry and the country. CORE has raised over $2M in support of these families.

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Testimonials

"The packages arrived last night while I was at work. I just finished wrapping gifts. There are no words to express my gratitude! When I first talked with you I was thinking what a miracle it would be if I could only get some of the things on the kids' list. You and CORE have shown me that miracles do happen! You have given us much more than I ever expected...They are going to be so surprised on Christmas morning! The grocery cards have taken a huge burden from me. Most people do not understand what it is like to wonder where you will get your next jug of milk, or to tell your sick child you cannot afford something they want to eat or to not be able to get their meds on time. Thanks to CORE, I will be able to feed them for several months! I will never forget what you have done."

Margie Lindsey, Tyler Lindsey's mother

2016-06-07T03:21:47+00:00

Margie Lindsey, Tyler Lindsey's mother

"The packages arrived last night while I was at work. I just finished wrapping gifts. There are no words to express my gratitude! When I first talked with you I was thinking what a miracle it would be if I could only get some of the things on the kids' list. You and CORE have shown me that miracles do happen! You have given us much more than I ever expected...They are going to be so surprised on Christmas morning! The grocery cards have taken a huge burden from me. Most people do not understand what it is like to wonder where you will get your next jug of milk, or to tell your sick child you cannot afford something they want to eat or to not be able to get their meds on time. Thanks to CORE, I will be able to feed them for several months! I will never forget what you have done."
"On behalf of my family and myself I would like to thank CORE for giving us the most super awesome vacation of a lifetime. I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have for the amount of joy that was given us. There were so many tear jerking happy moments and completely amazing experiences; we will cherish these memories forever. Seeing the kids' faces light up at meeting their favorite Disney characters and watching the sheer happiness constantly across their faces made my heart completely melt. Thank you so much for providing us, and especially my son Owen, with this experience. Due to Owen's autism he is not always the easiest child to raise and make happy. He was constant grins, ear to ear the entire time, and it made us all so happy! Thank you so much, CORE! This has been the best Christmas season ever!"

Kevin Dueer, father of Owen Dueer

2016-06-07T03:22:38+00:00

Kevin Dueer, father of Owen Dueer

"On behalf of my family and myself I would like to thank CORE for giving us the most super awesome vacation of a lifetime. I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have for the amount of joy that was given us. There were so many tear jerking happy moments and completely amazing experiences; we will cherish these memories forever. Seeing the kids' faces light up at meeting their favorite Disney characters and watching the sheer happiness constantly across their faces made my heart completely melt. Thank you so much for providing us, and especially my son Owen, with this experience. Due to Owen's autism he is not always the easiest child to raise and make happy. He was constant grins, ear to ear the entire time, and it made us all so happy! Thank you so much, CORE! This has been the best Christmas season ever!"
"I have been lost for words in this letter because words are not enough for what CORE has done for Richard and me. Our entire experience with you has been wonderful and the service provided along with out trip to New York City was breathtaking. I never could have done this trip without CORE and Richard has wanted to go to New York for years. Because of Richard's disability of having Cerebral Palsy and being Autistic I had some moments before you thinking I would never get him to his dream location. CORE made it happen and we will be forever grateful."

Melodie Kipta, mother of Richard Kipta

2016-06-07T03:43:17+00:00

Melodie Kipta, mother of Richard Kipta

"I have been lost for words in this letter because words are not enough for what CORE has done for Richard and me. Our entire experience with you has been wonderful and the service provided along with out trip to New York City was breathtaking. I never could have done this trip without CORE and Richard has wanted to go to New York for years. Because of Richard's disability of having Cerebral Palsy and being Autistic I had some moments before you thinking I would never get him to his dream location. CORE made it happen and we will be forever grateful."
"First of all, I would like thank you for the box of clothes and toys that were sent for my daughters. Now that their father is no longer with us these are items they are in much need of. We know if things were different their dad would’ve made sure they had what they needed. He was such a hard worker and tried his best to provide us what he could. He was a very loving father that would do anything to see a smile on his oldest daughter's face. I’m sure he would’ve done the same with our baby, who is now 3 months...We are thankful for the help your organization has provided for our daughters! God bless each and every one of you who has helped us."

Maria Guadalupe Galvez, wife of Miguel Hernandez and mother of Gladys and Denali

2016-06-07T03:44:15+00:00

Maria Guadalupe Galvez, wife of Miguel Hernandez and mother of Gladys and Denali

"First of all, I would like thank you for the box of clothes and toys that were sent for my daughters. Now that their father is no longer with us these are items they are in much need of. We know if things were different their dad would’ve made sure they had what they needed. He was such a hard worker and tried his best to provide us what he could. He was a very loving father that would do anything to see a smile on his oldest daughter's face. I’m sure he would’ve done the same with our baby, who is now 3 months...We are thankful for the help your organization has provided for our daughters! God bless each and every one of you who has helped us."
"We had such a wonderful time on our cruise, thanks to CORE! Carson had so many firsts and had so much fun with everything we did. He also turned out to be a wonderful little traveler, which is great news! Probably Carson's favorite week ever."

Kelly Dugan, mother of Carson Lapp

2016-06-07T03:44:53+00:00

Kelly Dugan, mother of Carson Lapp

"We had such a wonderful time on our cruise, thanks to CORE! Carson had so many firsts and had so much fun with everything we did. He also turned out to be a wonderful little traveler, which is great news! Probably Carson's favorite week ever."
"We had a wonderful time and will make sure that Carson remembers it all. We were given a New Year's Mickey poster and I plan to print the photo with Kelly, Carson, and Mickey for his bedroom. We got him a set of Disney characters about 5 inches tall. He played with them all day, every day. They went to all dinners, walks, excursions. I know they will remain favorites for a long time."

Patti Dugan, Carson Lapp's Grandmother

2016-06-07T03:45:53+00:00

Patti Dugan, Carson Lapp's Grandmother

"We had a wonderful time and will make sure that Carson remembers it all. We were given a New Year's Mickey poster and I plan to print the photo with Kelly, Carson, and Mickey for his bedroom. We got him a set of Disney characters about 5 inches tall. He played with them all day, every day. They went to all dinners, walks, excursions. I know they will remain favorites for a long time."
"It was such a wonderful thing CORE did for the Livingston children! I got to the house a few minutes after you all left the Livingston house and the kids were beaming! 'Look at this...watch me ride my new bike!' It meant so much for Jeanine and Craig to have their own NORMAL Christmas and it was all because of you and CORE! It was better than they could have imagined. Eddie's smile was a mile long--you made him so happy! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!"

Read Eddie's story here.

In memory of Eddie "Superman" Livingston

2016-06-07T03:46:51+00:00

In memory of Eddie "Superman" Livingston

"It was such a wonderful thing CORE did for the Livingston children! I got to the house a few minutes after you all left the Livingston house and the kids were beaming! 'Look at this...watch me ride my new bike!' It meant so much for Jeanine and Craig to have their own NORMAL Christmas and it was all because of you and CORE! It was better than they could have imagined. Eddie's smile was a mile long--you made him so happy! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!" Read Eddie's story here.


"Hello CORE, Claire here, I love my new iPad. Thank you so much.  I have downloaded many games and and I enjoy reading on it. Thank you for the scholarship, my parents now do not need to worry so much about paying for Montessori Academy. I will use it for learning as well...Best wishes for everybody at CORE. Aloha to you all and thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"



Claire Gardiner

2016-08-23T17:08:16+00:00

Claire Gardiner

"Hello CORE, Claire here, I love my new iPad. Thank you so much.  I have downloaded many games and and I enjoy reading on it. Thank you for the scholarship, my parents now do not need to worry so much about paying for Montessori Academy. I will use it for learning as well...Best wishes for everybody at CORE. Aloha to you all and thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"Thank you so much for everything you have done. It is amazing people like you and your organization that make a difference. Caleb's funeral was so special and it went a long way in helping me as well as my wife overcome our loss...I can't thank you enough for everything you have done. This memory will stay with me the rest of my life and its an amazing feeling to know that even when things are darkest there are total strangers willing to lend a hand."


Ryan Smith, father of Caleb and Lucas Smith

2016-08-23T17:10:34+00:00

Ryan Smith, father of Caleb and Lucas Smith

"Thank you so much for everything you have done. It is amazing people like you and your organization that make a difference. Caleb's funeral was so special and it went a long way in helping me as well as my wife overcome our loss...I can't thank you enough for everything you have done. This memory will stay with me the rest of my life and its an amazing feeling to know that even when things are darkest there are total strangers willing to lend a hand."
"Dear CORE, Thank you so much for the iPad. I am so, so happy to finally get one. I read books and play games. My favorite game is called Minecraft.  It is so great you could help my sister Claire!  I am grateful that you helped our family."


Sarah Gardiner, sister of Claire Gardiner

2016-08-23T17:25:48+00:00

Sarah Gardiner, sister of Claire Gardiner

"Dear CORE, Thank you so much for the iPad. I am so, so happy to finally get one. I read books and play games. My favorite game is called Minecraft.  It is so great you could help my sister Claire!  I am grateful that you helped our family."
 "What a blessing to know that there IS someone out there when you are in need. How refreshing and

 comforting it has been to experience this first hand...When I contacted CORE., the immediate response was overwhelming, I could not actually believe it....Words can not articulate the immense gratitude we feel. When your child gets sick it is heart warming to know somebody cares."

Nina and Brett Gardiner, parents of Claire Gardiner

2016-08-23T17:27:54+00:00

Nina and Brett Gardiner, parents of Claire Gardiner

 "What a blessing to know that there IS someone out there when you are in need. How refreshing and  comforting it has been to experience this first hand...When I contacted CORE., the immediate response was overwhelming, I could not actually believe it....Words can not articulate the immense gratitude we feel. When your child gets sick it is heart warming to know somebody cares."

A Message From Our Director

Thanks for visiting our website! Whether you are referring a family, making a donation, or  looking for more information on becoming a COREporate member or CORE Ambassador, we appreciate your support and interest. CORE is honored to provide support to the core of the food and beverage industry: our employees and their families. Each CORE family has an inspiring story that demonstrates the strength and love so evident in the industry. We are proud to support these brave families and strive to continue to grow in service and support of those in the industry navigating life-altering circumstances and conditions.

Sincerely,

- Lauren LaViola