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Celebrating 20 Years of Impact: CORE’s Journey in the Food & Beverage Industry

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CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees | May 14, 2024

Here’s to 20 years of impact, and to many more ahead!

CORE 20th Anniversary

For two decades, CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees has been a beacon of hope and support within the food and beverage service industry. Established in May 2004, CORE was born out of a pivotal moment at the National Restaurant Association show, when a group of Beverage Industry Executives realized the absence of an organization directly assisting the very industry they served. Thus, CORE was founded with a mission to provide financial support to food and beverage service employees with children facing life-altering medical crises or natural disasters.

Since its inception, CORE has made a profound impact on countless lives across the nation. Through the generosity of donors, partners, and supporters, CORE has been able to offer crucial assistance to those in need. Whether it’s helping a single mother cover housing expenses, supporting a bartender who lost their home in a natural disaster, or providing aid to a chef whose child is facing a health crisis, CORE has been there to provide a lifeline during the toughest of times.

As we celebrate CORE’s 20th anniversary, let’s reflect on the journey that brought them here and the lives they’ve touched along the way. From humble beginnings to becoming a nationally recognized charity, CORE’s commitment to serving those who serve us all has remained unwavering. CORE is immensely grateful for the support of the Donors, Partners, Ambassadors, and Volunteers who have stood by the organization throughout the years.

Looking ahead, CORE is excited to continue its mission of assisting food and beverage service employees and their families. Their goal for the next 20 years is to expand reach, deepen impact, and ensure that employees with children across the nation are aware of the resources available to them through CORE. But they cannot do it alone.

We invite you to join us in supporting CORE’s mission. Whether you’re a business owner looking to partner, an individual donor wanting to make a difference, or someone simply interested in learning more about CORE, there are many ways to get involved. Together, we can ensure that CORE remains a beacon of hope for the food and beverage industry for years to come!

To learn more about partnering with CORE or to support its mission, please visit, or email CORE’s Director of Corporate Partnerships, Jill Chapman, at

Introduction to CORE

Learn more about the direct impact CORE has on food & beverage service industry employees, and how you, or your company, can help.

About CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees)

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) is a national 501(c)3, dedicated to serving food and beverage service employees with children when either the working parent, spouse, or child is navigating through medical diagnosis, illness, injury, a death, or impacted by a natural disaster. Founded by food and beverage service industry veterans, CORE helps hospitality service employees with children bridge the financial gap when either the parent or child deals with a health crisis or natural disaster. Since 2004, the organization has grown into a nationally recognized non-profit that has helped over 2,000 families in 50 states, including D.C. and Puerto Rico. For grant qualification, to apply, or to refer a family for grant consideration, please visit