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.

Eats Around the World – 2020 Style

This year, our virtual fundraiser was themed Big Table – In the Storm. 2020 has battered every one of us and many of those in the restaurant and hospitality industry have lost everything or are clinging to a flotation device. The impact of the pandemic on our local restaurant and hospitality community has been devastating… but what we can do Together Through the Storm strengthens our response and changes lives. Watch incredible stories of hope and impact right here in San Diego thanks to our amazing donors and sponsors who partner with Big Table.

You can still help!

Share these stories of hope in the storm with others. We would be honored if you shared the virtual link on social media and with those in your sphere of influence.

Give to Big Table today. Your donation will make a huge difference. Click to give to Big Table.

community resources for hospitality employees


unexpected 20s

This is a great place for individuals and small groups to start partnering with Big Table. Big Table provides small “tip 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

Need envelopes? Contact your city. We’d love to send you some.

San Diego team

Jesse Vigil

City Director

Joyce Campbell

Office and Event Coordinator

Luis De Luna

Care Engagement Coordinator

Jeremiah Girard

Care Engagement Coordinator

Gloria Garcia

Care Engagement Coordinator

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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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