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Supporting the Food & Beverage Industry

euphoria is devoted to supporting the food & beverage industry with mental health support and emergency assistance when facing unanticipated crises. We are honored to partner with Southern Smoke Foundation & Giving Kitchen to help support those who make euphoria possible each year. If you or a loved one who works in the service industry needs assistance, please check out these resources.

Financial Assistance

Emergency assistance to food service workers in crisis through financial support

Mental Health Support

No-cost counseling to service workers & FREE access to the QPR Gatekeeper suicide prevention training course

Stability Network

Resources related to mental health & substance misuse, physical health and wellness, employment, housing & utilities, and family & social services

Southern Smoke Foundation

From farmers to fry cooks, servers to sommeliers, Southern Smoke takes care of our own by putting dollars directly into the pockets of food and beverage workers when it’s needed most.

Whether there are mental health needs or unforeseen hardships, our funds and resources help those who put food on the table. No ask is too big or too small.

Emergency Relief Fund

Over the years, our nonprofit funds have been used to pay for essentials like groceries, clothing, and medications, and have covered the cost of rent, natural disaster damages, lost wages, and more. There’s no deadline for requests and no cap on the amount given.

Grants are awarded based on unforeseen financial crises, and applications must be submitted through our website to be considered.

To qualify for emergency relief funding, you must be currently employed in food and beverage and working a minimum of 30+ hours per week for a minimum of six months. Every applicant must provide copies of paystubs to verify employment. Each applicant can be granted once every 12 months.

Behind You. A no-cost mental health program for F&B workers.

For many, fire and sharp objects aren’t just hazards; they’re tools of the trade. Loud, stressful situations are a given. Double-shifts are standard. By day’s end, it can feel exhausting to do one more thing, even if that one thing is asking for help. So instead, we’re offering.

Through our mental health program, Behind You, we provide no-cost mental health counseling for F+B workers and their families in California, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, and Texas. Those who live outside of the service states can apply for financial assistance for mental health crises through our Emergency Relief Fund.


Giving Kitchen

Giving Kitchen’s mission is to provide emergency assistance to food service workers in crisis through financial support and a network of community resources. Their vision is a food service community where crisis is met with compassion and care. Download this toolkit to educate your staff and coworkers so that any food service worker who needs help can find their way to Giving Kitchen.

How Giving Kitchen is Prioritizing Mental Health
  • QPR Suicide Prevention Training: QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – three steps anyone can learn to prevent suicide. Learn these skills through a course from QPR Institute. This training is FREE for food service workers using Giving Kitchen’s special code: GKQPR.
  • Substance Abuse Recovery Initiative: Food service workers who undergo inpatient treatment for substance abuse may be eligible to receive financial assistance from Giving Kitchen. Any food service worker in the country can contact Stability Network for referrals to recovery services. The first step for anyone asking for help from GK is to fill out the Ask For Help form.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is awarded based on the food service worker’s financial need as well as a set of criteria according to the type of crisis:

  • Injury: Breaks, bumps or another physical ailment causing a food service worker to miss work.
  • Illness: Coughs, colds or worse; a sickness causing a food service worker to miss work. In-patient treatment for substance abuse is included in this category.
  • Death of a family member: Death in a food service worker’s immediate family (spouse, parent, sibling, child, or caregiver).
  • Housing disaster: Flood, fire or storm damage disrupting a food service worker’s work schedule and housing.

Most often, our financial assistance covers the cost of rent and utilities paid directly to the service provider(s). Applications are reviewed by Giving Kitchen Case Managers and a review committee made up of GK board members.

Food service workers can apply for assistance for up to six months after a crisis occurs. Once we receive a completed application and employment verification, the average time to process the application is one week.