CORE provides support to children and families of food and beverage employees navigating a life-altering circumstance or condition who are currently employed (or were at the time of circumstance) by a food or beverage operator. Following an application process and a review by the members of the Executive Board of CORE, grant funds will be distributed to the most pressing areas of need determined by the family and CORE’s Executive Director. CORE provides grants of support in amounts up to but not in excess of $10,000. CORE reserves the right to: determine which circumstances and conditions qualify as life-altering; grant support in amounts less than $10,000; grant support in excess of $10,000 in situations of extreme need or circumstance as approved by the Executive Board; determine how CORE grant funds are distributed and expended in fulfillment of each grant. CORE families may reapply for support after a period of at least three (3) years has transpired since the date of grant distribution.
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)
- Natural disaster, fire or other unexpected housing emergency
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
CORE 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 up to but not in excess of $10,000, 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, are 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, care-giver, 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).
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”.