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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?
Serving a Beautiful Smile
When my everything wasn’t enough, I didn’t see a solution. I felt like I couldn’t breathe or think. Big Table became my oxygen.
We first saw Momma T’s contagious smile at a hotel Care Blitz last November, and she attended an industry dinner a few months later. Unfortunately, she had to miss a number of server shifts at a hotel lounge to care for her husband, who had congestive heart failure. She began experiencing ocular migraines, which gave her temporary vision loss and also prevented her from working. As a result, bills and stress piled up. She soon realized that she needed Big Table care, and we immediately came to her aid—paying her phone bills and connecting her with local non-profits to help with her rent, utilities, and groceries. Momma T and her husband are now both feeling a bit better. And her beautiful smile continues to bless those who have the good fortune to cross her path.
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.