NRAEF Raises Over $850,000 to Help Restaurant Workers Rebuild their Futures

Individuals donated more than $200,000 to the foundation’s “change is on the menu” campaign – $650,000 contributed by major corporations and organizations

WASHINGTON, DC – January 12, 2021 – Today, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced raising $857,000 for the “Change Is On The Menu” campaign, supporting programs and resources to help restaurant workers get back to work and back on their feet.



Kicking off in conjunction with last November’s Giving Tuesday, individuals and some of the biggest brands in the industry donated to the campaign, including PepsiCo, Uber Eats, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Moët Hennessy USA, Ecolab, TikTok, Land O’Lakes and Anheuser Busch/Bud Light.  100 percent of all donations support the NRAEF’s industry leading restaurant education and training programs.

“To all of our partners and everyone who has supported our mission, we say thank you,” said Rob Gifford, president of the NRAEF. “You are the heroes who are changing lives and making a difference.”

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: 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 justice-involved 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. For more information on the NRAEF, visit

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Jasmine Jones

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