For us to help, we need help.

From wildfires in Hawaii to hurricanes across America, 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.

Please donate to Southern Smoke Foundation. On average, we’re granting $3,400 to each F+B worker we serve.

Help us help someone today.

Martha Paterson


Martha Paterson is an attorney who worked at Baker Hughes, Inc. for seven years in the Contracts group and was regional contract counsel for Reservoir Development Services Group. In this role, she drafted and negotiated various types of contracts, including oilfield service contracts, confidentiality agreements and consulting agreements and provided risk assessment and advice on complex legal contractual issues. Prior to Baker Hughes, she spent two years as staff attorney at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality, where she provided preparation, legal guidance and assistance on contract matters for agency staff. Additionally, she advised the agency management on personnel issues, trained personnel on employment laws and ethics policies and conducted internal investigations on employment issues.

She received her B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctorate from University of Houston Law Center. She is now a stay at home mom of two boys and is active in her children’s school and West University Little League Auxiliary.