Giving When the Going Gets Tough

Eating at a Meeting Podcast Episode 35

Woman with short brown hair standing with her arms crossed in front of restaurant. She is wearing overalls. Jen Hidinger-Kendrick Eating at a Meeting Giving Kitchen

Born from the crisis need to save the life of one food service worker, Giving Kitchen is an organization that is built on community, compassion, generosity, empathy and gratitude that supports food service workers in crisis. TGK’s shift starts when the food service workers can’t.

In this episode with Jen Hidinger-Kendrick, co-founder of Giving Kitchen, we learn more about the nonprofit and how it helps food service workers when they are affected by an illness and injury, the death of a family member or a housing disaster like a flood or fire. She explains how their clarity of mission and purpose has really helped them focus be optimistic about the future, especially with the strength to the hospitality community.

What do safe, inclusive & sustainable food and beverage experiences look like to you?

As long as good people are around, the experience is a success.

What do you wish people knew about what you do?

I wear many hats.

What is a best practice you use/or have seen to create safe and inclusive F&B experiences?

I am really proud of the experience that was provided while I was a partner at Staplehouse. We led with purpose and stayed true to meeting the guest where they were. Family meal was so important to creating balance and a sense of unity before a shift started.


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