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caring for those most in need
Our industry – the restaurant and hospitality industry – is full of amazing and gifted people and hires people no other industry will. These hard-working people have significantly increased risk for financial and emotional crisis as compared to other industries. In fact, EVERY one of the ten lowest-paid jobs in the country is in our industry based on 2020 statistics. Yet because hospitality workers are naturally required to keep smiles on their faces, their needs are virtually invisible to the world. Their job is to serve and take care of others – Big Table’s mission is to walk alongside and help take care of them when they need it most
1 in 6
restaurant workers are below the official poverty line – DOUBLE any other working population
make less than economists say is needed just to make ends meet
hope is always on the menu
Big Table was born out of a need. A server who couldn't afford medical care. A hotel housekeeper who was on the verge of eviction. A busboy who needed a car repair so he could make his shift. Every story is different. But the pain is the same - hardworking people just struggling to get by. Thanks to our selfless donors and our network of generous partners, including doctors, dentists, therapists, auto mechanics, and lawyers, we are able to meet each of these people at their exact moment of need with exactly the help they need.
We are able to catch them before they fall, building intentional relationships, and offering direction and hope. Won't you join us?
Coming Back to Life
Big Table helped me secure the lease on my new house that was much more suited to my needs as I recovered… and is in much better condition and walking distance to my job and church.
Keith works on a popular food truck now. But a few months ago, he spent 81 days in the hospital and ICU due to life-threatening complications from COVID and pneumonia. He almost died and was left with a mountain of medical bills and stress as he started his life over. Unable to work for those 8 months, Keith didn’t have health insurance or savings to cover even his rent and basic expenses. Big Table was able to step in with encouragement and cover his security deposit and first month’s rent. We even helped move him into his new place. He was thrilled to find out that the hospital fully forgave his bills, too! It has been incredible to watch Keith come back to life in every way.
how it works
Big Table exists to see the lives of those working in the restaurant and hospitality industry transformed by building community and caring for those who are in crisis, transition, or falling through the cracks.