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.
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.
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.
Southern Smoke Festival 2023
The big bash returns in 2023. Join us on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 as we host some of the F+B industry’s most talented chefs and personalities as we throw a party to support workers in crisis nationwide. You’ll eat your share in big and bold bites; have your choice at the finest libations including superb wine, beer and spirits; and enjoy outstanding live music to enhance the chow-down experience. Proceeds will benefit Southern Smoke Foundation, which has distributed more than $10.4 million to F+B workers nationwide. Help our cause and rock out with us this October! See you there!