The Heirloom Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for a healthy food industry through public outreach, networking, and benefit events. We reinvest in our communities through direct service grants to nonprofit organizations that provide support to restaurant workers and food entrepreneurs.
The Heirloom Foundation advocates for a healthy and sustainable food and beverage industry through outreach and education initiatives.
We actively engage stakeholders throughout the restaurant community, creating an committed support network.
By providing grants to local nonprofits, the Heirloom Foundation is investing in culinary professionals and food industry workers in this generation and the next.
The restaurant industry employs 14.7 million people in the US, accounting for more than 10% of the population. Culinary workers were recently given the chance to express their concerns in an informal survey from Chefs with Issues. Chefs with Issues, in collaboration with the Heirloom Foundation found that out of almost 1000 respondents to this survey, 94% reported having current or past mental health issues. The top 3 issues reported were Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse, with 73% reporting suffering from multiple mental health conditions. These respondents point to the need to destigmatize mental health issues among restaurant workers, with only 2% feeling that they could speak openly at work. There was also evidence of a need to increase resources for effective coping among our culinary workers, with only 18% of respondents receiving insurance through their workplace.