Restaurateurs open restaurants to feed and nourish people, providing places where people celebrate and live their lives daily.  Being a vital part of San Francisco Bay Area communities, restaurants support nonprofit causes ranging from athletics and homelessness, to local schools. Each year, GGRA members donate their space, time, countless meals, and gift certificates to charitable organizations. Many of the Bay Area’s fundraising events feature bites from local restaurants or auction items related to restaurant and/or chef dinners. Increasingly, restaurants are establishing charitable programs dedicating a percentage of sales to a cause monthly.

GGRA works closely with nonprofit partners to support their work both with time and donations: from supporting workforce development opportunities for the underserved, to donating a percentage of ticket sales from Eat Drink SF to designated charities.  In fact, GGRA’s signature event Eat Drink SF, serves to further our nonprofit work: excess kitchen equipment is donated to high school culinary programs, and leftover cases of wine benefit charitable fundraisers for critical community causes.  GGRA also works closely with the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank and the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), two vital nonprofits working on food policy and education locally. For more information about our educational partnerships, visit the Training page.

GGRA highlights and promotes the good works of its members and engages them in annual fundraising events including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Dine Out for Life and Taste of the Nation: Share our Strength – No Child Hungry, among others. Throughout the year, GGRA supports many annual food-related fundraising events.

In addition to supporting the broader community, GGRA is a convener of the local restaurant community, providing opportunities to network, learn and share best practices.  It’s in support of growing this community that GGRA established its own scholarship foundation back in 1968. To learn more or apply, visit our Scholarships page.