Established in 2017, our emergency relief fund has distributed more than $2.7 million to individuals in the food and beverage industry in crisis.

If you have an emergency please call 911.

The application process is completely anonymous. Only Southern Smoke staff will see an application in its entirety.

We have included a few tips for submitting your application:

Please use the description area within the application to explain your individual crisis in as much detail as possible. Case Managers are assigned to cases based on the urgency of the crisis and not on a first-come-first-served basis. For instance, life-and-death cases are prioritized over car payment requests.

To qualify for emergency relief funding you must have worked in the food and beverage industry for a minimum of 6 months and an average of 30 hours per week minimum. Every applicant must show proof of such employment, so please have paycheck stubs and/or W2s available. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any exceptions.

If you have questions, please email unless you have already been assigned a case worker.

The Southern Smoke staff is working around the clock to get aid to as many people possible. If there is any abusive language or tone used with the staff, you will immediately become ineligible for funding. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please have documentation available. If you are asking for help with your rent, please have your lease agreement available. If you need help with your utilities, please have your bills available.

Please see our Covid-19 Resources page for more valuable information.

If you need or would like to be in touch with a mental health professional, please visit Methodist Hospital's online behavioral health program. We know this time is terrifying for so many. There is never shame in asking for help.


Examples Of Need

Medical bills, car accident, weather catastrophes, family support assistance, mental health needs.

We are experiencing a massive influx of applications. Please be patient with us--we are doing everything we can to get to every applicant. Applications are addressed in order of URGENCY and not according to the date you submit them. If you have questions, please email