SoCalGas partners to award 162 local restaurants $3,000 grants through Restaurant Resilience Fund

For the second year, SoCalGas donates $525,000 support small business recovery and underscore the commitment to bringing about positive change in diverse and underserved communities through California

LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SoCalGas Recognized Today $525,000 in grants to 162 independent restaurants in the center and Southern California. Each restaurant received a $3,000 grant that can be used for things like equipment upgrades and employee retention programs. Additionally, winners will also receive year-round support services from Wells Fargo, which provides restaurant owners with resources to improve and streamline their business. The scholarships were awarded in partnership with the California Restaurant Foundation $1.5 million Restaurant Resilience Fund which is funded by SoCalGas, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Wells Fargo.

“This partnership underscores SoCalGas’ commitment to bringing positive change to diverse and underserved communities through California. We are committed to investing $50 million over the next five years to help advance a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in the communities we serve, increase access to clean energy, and accelerate our climate and water quality goals. air,” said David Barrette, vice president and general counsel of SoCalGas and a member of the board of directors of the California Restaurant Foundation. “Independent restaurants are essential to the fabric of our communities because they contribute to culture, they promote job growth and contribute to the economic vitality of the neighborhoods they serve.”

“Independent and local restaurants are the backbone of so many communities – they welcome and host our first dates, post-game celebrations and the many times we just don’t feel like cooking. They add vibrancy and unique character to each city, which is why the Resilience Fund is so important,” said Alycia Harshfield, Director General of CRF. “Restaurant owners have worked tirelessly over the past two years to keep doors open and nurture their community, and we are grateful to SoCalGas, PG&E, SDG&E and Wells Fargo for recognizing that it is essential to continue to support and invest in local restaurants.”

This year, the Restaurants Care Fund emphasizes investment and long-term financial health. Recipients will be able to use the $3,000 grants for upgrading energy-efficient equipment and employee retention bonuses. Winners also receive year-round support services from Wells Fargo, which provides restaurant owners with resources to improve and streamline their business, and free membership in the California Restaurant Association.

“SoCalGas and the California Restaurant Fund are truly making a difference in the lives of small business owners. By providing these grants, they are helping our local favorite restaurants stay open and resilient,” said Town of Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Denis Michael.

“We are very grateful to SoCalGas for this grant. We have needed a new refrigerator in our kitchen for some time now, and with this funding I want to upgrade it to a more energy efficient model to better serve my customers and the planet,” said Claire Risoli, Owner of Pocha LA in Highland Park. “Additionally, I would like to reward my loyal employees with a bonus on their salary for their loyalty and service during these difficult times. They are the heart of Pocha and I know that my food is not my greatest asset, c are my people.”

Of the 356 total grant recipients, 72% of award winners are women-owned restaurants and 83% identify as owners of color. The average business ownership is 9.7 years, with nearly 80 restaurants in operation for more than two decades. To be eligible, restaurants had to have no more than three independent locations and not exceed $3 million In income. To see a full list of grant recipients in your area, please visit www.restaurantscare.org/resilience.

For more information on the California Restaurant Foundation, Restaurants Care, or the Resilience Fund, please visit www.restaurantscare.org.

About SoCalGas
Based in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas provides affordable, reliable and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of central and southern California. Gas delivered through the Company’s pipelines will continue to play a key role in California’s clean energy transition, ensuring the reliability of the electric grid and supporting the deployment of wind and solar energy.

SoCalGas’ mission is to build America’s cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company. In support of this mission, SoCalGas aspires to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and energy delivery by 2045 and replace 20% of its traditional natural gas supply to major customers with Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) by 2030. Natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and sewage treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while maintaining affordable bills for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE), a San Diego-based energy services holding company.

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About the California Restaurant Foundation (CRF):
California is home to more than 90,000 food and drink venues that ring more than $72 billion sales and employ more than 1.6 million workers, making restaurants an indisputable engine of the state’s economy. The California Restaurant Foundation is a nonprofit organization that empowers and invests in California catering staff. Founded in 1981, CRF supports the restaurant community through relief grants for struggling restaurant workers, job and life skills training for 13,500 high school students each year, and scholarships. For more information, visit www.calrestfoundation.org.

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