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Feb. 13 - Giving Kitchen Now Serving Food Service Workers across Georgia

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 13, 2020 - Giving Kitchen (GK) recently announced that they are now serving food service workers who work in restaurants, catering, concessions and food trucks throughout the full state of Georgia as of Jan. 1, 2020. This opens up the community supported by GK to over 480,000 Georgians. 

When a food service worker experiences a crisis – including injury, illness, disaster or death of an immediate family member – GK may be able to provide financial assistance to fund rent or mortgage payments, utility bills and/or funeral expenses. 

Whether or not a food service worker receives financial assistance, GK can provide local, regional or national referrals to resources through their Stability Network program. These services include those related to mental health, physical health and wellness, substance abuse and addiction, dental and vision, employment, housing and utilities, family and social services, financial services, legal services and immigration, and women’s and LGBTQ services. GK also offers free online QPR suicide prevention training to food service workers anywhere in the United States. 

GK co-founder, spokesperson and community engagement director Jen Hidinger- Kendrick says, “Ryan Hidinger, my late husband and co-founder of Giving Kitchen, knew that in order for Giving Kitchen to become the organization we thought it could be, we had to start small and with immediate intention. The growth our organization has endured is a true reflection of the need that exists within the food service community, both locally and statewide. Georgia's food service industry is diverse, and we intend to serve all of its workers - not just those in Metro Atlanta - in return as our way of paying it forward for years to come.” 

“From Cloudland Canyon to Cumberland Island, food service unites Georgia," said Bryan Schroeder GK executive director. "Beyond political parties, regions and tribes - restaurants, caterers and concessions serve us every single day. It’s time to return the serve - to every food service worker in every county in Georgia. Giving Kitchen is proud to serve Georgia.” 

“It’s so important for people to become aware of Giving Kitchen," remarked Craig Jeffress, The Olde Pink House General Manager. "People are in need more than you realize - crises are inevitable, but the question is, ‘How do we let food service workers know they're not alone?’ It started in Atlanta, but there are places all around the state who need GK. It’s one thing to be on the receiving end but another to be on the giving end - we can all be a part of giving back financially and emotionally and offering up our resources.” Read more about How GK helped Jeffress’ staff in 2019 at

For more information about Giving Kitchen, visit Those interested in donating to support Giving Kitchen’s services throughout Georgia can visit GK’s support page or GK’s app. Stability Network partner inquiries can be submitted online. If a food service worker needs help from GK, they can start with their assistance inquiry form or in GK’s app. 


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