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About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

We Stand for Equality

Much of our nation’s history has played out against the backdrop of restaurants, including the ongoing pursuit of equality. We stand with the Black community, and all people of color, as we collectively grieve the death of George Floyd. The restaurant and foodservice industry stands united against racism, discrimination, and hatred.
The NRAEF actively supports the communities in which we live and work at local and national levels through our programs:

  • We partner with the Multicultural Food & Hospitality Alliance to improve cultural competency through our apprenticeship program to put restaurant workers on a path to higher paying jobs.

  • We provide nearly $1 million per year in Scholarships to anyone pursuing post-secondary degrees in culinary arts, restaurant management and hospitality.

  • We help opportunity youth and individuals reentering society learn job skills through our Restaurant Ready and HOPES program.

  • We celebrate diversity and inclusion through our annual NRAEF Restaurant Industry Awards.

2021 NRAEF Impact Report

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About the NRAEF

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts.

The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. 

NRAEF programs include:

ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program;

Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide opportunity youth and previously incarcerated individuals with skills training and job opportunities;

Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers;

Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the

Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry.


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