Big Table’s third location launched in San Diego in early 2019. San Diego is home to over 7000 restaurants, 500 hotels and there are roughly 186,000 employed in the industry. The average cost of living for a Single Parent with One Child is $55,000. The average Industry pay for a full-time employee is $28,849. Big Table comes alongside these hardworking individuals when they experience a temporary setback to offer support, encouragement, and hope.

There is so much work to do to care for our San Diego industry workers.

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I just want to personally thank you for what you did. I know you went above and beyond to get me a car. I appreciate that. I love how God uses others to help us out.

Phil is a cook at a local quick serve restaurant. Our San Diego City Director first met Phil when he volunteered at a local church. His life had rocky beginnings in foster care and juvenile hall culminating with a felony conviction and a prison sentence. But now this single dad of a special needs son is turning his life around. He was referred to Big Table because he needed reliable transportation to get to work and care for his son’s unique needs. He also needed coaching to assimilate to life outside of prison. Big Table initially helped with grocery gift cards and paid his phone and utility bills. After encouraging him to create a budget, we personally met with car sellers on his behalf to find a reliable car at an affordable price and covered the registration costs. He now can safely take his son to day care or therapy and make it to work on time. He finally feels like he is in the driver’s seat of his future and is ready for all life has ahead.

San Diego

unexpected 20s

Want to get involved now? Try sharing some U20s! This is a great place for individuals and small groups to start partnering with Big Table. Big Table provides small envelopes that you fill with $20 bills and give out when in a restaurant or hotel. Simple and amazingly effective. Look for one person working in a restaurant or hotel invisible to others, or one that is having a bad day. It very well could be someone in the kitchen or behind the scenes. Then give them the Unexpected 20 envelope with a $20 bill inside. Tell them it is simply a gift for them…no strings attached. This is not payment or a tip, it is a gift. After the Unexpected 20 is delivered email us with a story of what you noticed or felt at stories@big-table.com.

Need envelopes? You can print your own or contact your city and we’d love to send you some.


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(619) 717-9923

Mailing Address

PO Box 90893
San Diego, CA 92169

Office Location

1621 Grand Ave, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92109

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