For us to help, we need help.

From Hurricane Beryl to fires in Ruidoso, and every crisis in between, Southern Smoke Foundation is there for food and beverage workers. We keep families safe in their homes. We keep the lights on for thousands. We keep the industry moving.

But for us to grant emergency relief funds to our applicants, we need funding, too.

Help us help someone today.

We’re here to serve you .

From farmers to fry cooks, servers to sommeliers, Southern Smoke takes care of our own by putting dollars directly into the pockets of food and beverage workers when it’s needed most.

Whether there are mental health needs or unforeseen hardships, our funds and resources help those who put food on the table. No ask is too big or too small.

Our Programs

Emergency Relief Fund

Over the years, our nonprofit funds have been used to pay for essentials like groceries, clothing, and medications, and have covered the cost of rent, natural disaster damages, lost wages, and more. There’s no deadline for requests and no cap on the amount given.

Grants are awarded based on unforeseen financial crises, and applications must be submitted through our website to be considered.

To qualify for emergency relief funding, you must be currently employed in food and beverage and working a minimum of 30+ hours per week for a minimum of six months. Every applicant must provide copies of paystubs to verify employment. Each applicant can be granted once every 12 months.

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Behind You. A no-cost mental health program for F&B workers.

For many, fire and sharp objects aren’t just hazards; they’re tools of the trade. Loud, stressful situations are a given. Double-shifts are standard. By day’s end, it can feel exhausting to do one more thing, even if that one thing is asking for help. So instead, we’re offering.

Through our mental health program, Behind You, we provide no-cost mental health counseling for F+B workers and their families in California, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, and Texas. Those who live outside of the service states can apply for financial assistance for mental health crises through our Emergency Relief Fund.

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