Apply for financial aid assistance for current food & beverage industry workers from the Chef Hui x Southern Smoke Foundation

Chef Hui x Southern Smoke Foundation

Strength in Unity, Relief in Action

With this collaboration, we amplify our collective strength, fostering a resilient culinary community. Together, we work tirelessly to alleviate the burdens of crisis and fortify the dreams of those who dedicate their lives to being of service to others. Join us, support us, and be part of the unyielding wave of hope and revival.

Please fill out the following application if you meet the below guidelines for Southern Smoke Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, and one of our case managers will be in touch within 24 hours:

Click here to submit an online Emergency Relief Grant Application

Southern Smoke Foundation is honored to collaborate with Chef Hui, a group of Hawaii-based cooks and food service providers, to provide emergency relief grants to food and beverage industry workers affected by the Maui fires. Chef Hui’s crew is on the ground producing thousands of meals a day, and to complement their efforts, have selected Southern Smoke Foundation as their collaborator to provide a financial safety net for F+B workers impacted by the fires.


  1. Employment verification - confirmation of 6 months working in the industry at 30 hours a week via paystubs and employer verification
  2. Discovery - the case worker builds the case by collecting supporting documentation
  3. Review - the case is reviewed by the awards committee, representing a diverse selection of industries
  4. Decision - if awarded, the grant will be sent directly to you via ACH

GUIDELINES: All applicants must be currently working in the food and beverage industry full-time (30+ hours per week) for a minimum of six consecutive months and must provide paystubs.

Case managers are assigned to cases based on the urgency of the crisis and not on a first-come-first-served basis. For instance, life-and-death cases are prioritized. All cases are reviewed and assigned a level of urgency upon submission.

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Donate to Chef Hui x Southern Smoke Relief Fund

Since Hawaii was devastated by wildfires in mid-August, Southern Smoke Foundation has distributed over $250,000 to over 100 food and beverage industry workers affected in the surrounding area. We have had to slow down our efforts in Hawaii due to a lack of funding and still have over 300 F+B workers who are hoping to receive funding to assist them during this difficult time.

With your support, we can continue to help Hawaii F+B workers get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.

Donate to Chef Hui x Southern Smoke Relief Fund

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For Lahaina & Kula residents impacted by the fires

Talk Story with Mayor Bissen

Lahaina and Kula residents who have been impacted by the August fires are invited to talk story with Mayor Richard Bissen. There are several dates to choose from. Each talk story session will welcome up to 30 residents to give folks a chance to share mana‘o and ask questions.

Series of events from December 9 through January 27.