The James Beard Foundation announced today that it has named Atlanta-based nonprofit the Giving Kitchen as the recipient of its 2019 Humanitarian of the Year award.
The award is bestowed on an individual or organization whose work in the realm of food has improved the lives of others and benefited society at large. It is one of a handful of special achievement awards that will be presented during the Foundation’s annual restaurant and chef awards ceremony in May.
The Giving Kitchen provides emergency relief services to commercial food service workers. Since its inception in 2013, it has assisted more than 2,500 food service employees in Georgia, including providing more than $2.5 million in financial support through its Crisis Grants program and more than 1,000 referrals to community resources through its Stability Network program.