Food for Equality

High Road Kitchens (HRK) are independent restaurants that provide food on a sliding scale to low-wage workers, health care workers first responders, and others in need. Launched during the COVID-19 crisis, HRK provides jobs for restaurant workers and a subsidy for responsible restaurant owners who commit to paying a living wage and following equitable employment practices.

The pandemic has revealed a pathway to a new future for the service sector. There is no going back. Together we can set a course towards a more equitable industry – for good.

Who we are

One Fair Wage is an organization advancing policy, driving industry change, and shifting the narrative in order to ensure that all workers in America are paid a full, fair minimum wage with tips on top.

One Fair Wage oversees RAISE (Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment), a High Road Employer Association that supports restaurant owners in advocating for sustainable business models that champion living wages, basic benefits and fair promotion policies. High Road Employers see these as recipes for success, not impediments to profitability. These employers represent over 800 progressive restaurants across the U.S. in all sectors of the industry — from fine dining to quick-casual. RAISE is changing the conversation about wages and labor practices for one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the country.

The Cooking Project teaches young people fundamental cooking skills. By focusing on delicious, inexpensive dishes from diverse cultural traditions, our community of chefs, writers, home cooks, and farmers seeks to demystify the culture of food, make good food more accessible, and equip young people to successfully take on challenges in the kitchen and out.

Robert Egger is the founder of DC Central Kitchen and a widely recognized leader and innovator in the non-profit sector. Robert speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement and social enterprise. He writes blogs and editorials to share his ideas about the nonprofit sector and the future of America. He advised on this project.

Together, with support from both the private sector and local and state governments, we have created a program that will not only address the immediate and urgent need for jobs and food, but will also help to create a more equitable industry for the future.

Participating Restaurants

Get involved

Want to help? If you’re a restaurant you can sign up to participate in the program. If you’d like to donate, each restaurant has a donate option on their ordering platforms. 100% of that money will help fund more free meals.

A better future

We have a chance to change the way our industry works for the better. If we commit to High Road practices now, we’ll have a head start on a better future. Step one is feeding those in need, and employing our workers. Please consider supporting the High Road Kitchens program, and helping make this a reality.