Giving Kitchen is stepping up yet again. Co-founder and spokeperson Jen Hidinger-Kendrick and her team work to offer stability to food service workers who are experiencing crisis, like the death of an immediate family; a natural disaster, like a house flood or fire; an injury; or an illness, including COVID-19.
Now, the organization has pledged to giving away an astounding $1 million in financial assistance by the end of 2020. Since COVID-19 officialy reached Georgia in early March, The Giving Kitchen had already provided $335,153 to 212 food service workers in crisis, and thorugh their Stability Network, the organization has provided their clients with 2,933 resources for today and for the future. This new pledge goes to support people like Janae' Littlejohn who was diagnosed with COIVD-19 in March and started to recieve financial assistance from GK in April. "I had shortness of breath... I felt like I couldn't breathe. I was almost scared to go to sleep because I didn't want to lay on my back, but the doctor that I spoke with was very adamant to stay home," says Littlejohn. She continues, “I would not have been able to pay my rent - I was very scared. I thought that I was going to get evicted in the middle of all of this... I probably would have been homeless, if I'm being totally honest.”
You can make a one-time donation at givingkitchen.org, or Giving Kitchen has a recurring giving program called Pass the Hat, where people can donate to support our programs throughout the year as well.
Photography by: sunset photo by Brad Kaplan; all other photos by Ben Getz