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.

Graduating With Hope

I appreciate all that you and Big Table have done for me — ensuring that I am successful in this time of journey in my life! I consider you a friend now, and we will be connected in so many ways forever!

Ayoe was referred to us when she was given an eviction notice from her hotel-apartment. She had just begun her Kitchens for Good program to learn culinary skills and was desperate not to lose her housing. Big Table helped her get caught up on her rental payments and encouraged her through the remainder of the program. After graduation, she was placed as a line cook at a beautiful waterfront restaurant with incredible co-workers. She feels so hopeful about her future now. She was able to proudly reopen a new bank account to start saving towards a simple apartment for herself and her adult son on the spectrum. You got this, Ayoe!

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

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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