California Restaurant Association Foundation Has Raised More Than $83k Thanks to the Habit Burger Grill

The California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF), a non-profit that empowers and invests in California’s restaurant workforce, is thrilled to announce that in partnership with The Habit Burger Grill, has raised over $83,000 through its annual “Make It A Habit” fundraising campaign. The 8th annual fundraiser took place at the 2018 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo held in Los Angeles and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association.

Over the past eight years, The Habit has generously donated more than 17,000 vouchers redeemable for a free Charburger with Cheese. CRAF offers these vouchers at their “Make It A Habit” expo booth in exchange for a $5 donation, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the foundation programs. The Habit has donated $68,000 over the campaign’s lifetime.

“It’s extremely important to the entire Habit Burger system to invest in the future of the culinary industry and, having served on both the CRA and CRAF boards, I’ve seen firsthand the enrichment students receive from these programs,” said Russ Bendel, President & CEO of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. and CRAF Emeritus Board Member. “There is a critical shortage of talent in the restaurant industry that is challenging every aspect of foodservice. Taking a more active approach and supporting organizations like CRAF is one way we can help today’s youth prepare for their first jobs in the culinary profession and pursue a career in a field they’re passionate about.”

For more information about the history of the CRAF, its many programs and success stories, visit

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