What is Tip Jar?
We’re a fund dedicated to helping support the future generation of hospitality workers here in Australia. We raise funds and distribute the money between our two charity partners: SmartMeals, an initiative run by StreetSmart Australia, and Scarf. Our goal is to have the dual impact of providing job-training to vulnerable people to help end the cycles of poverty and homelessness, as well as ensuring a strong future workforce for our hospitality industry.
So, come on Australia, lend a hand and help save the hospitality industry and the individuals who contribute so greatly to it.
If there was ever a time to give a tip, it’s right now!
SmartMeals was established in March 2020 as an emergency response to COVID-19, providing nutritious meals for people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, while also keeping hospitality workers in jobs. It is one of several initiatives of national homeless charity StreetSmart Australia who to date, has helped raise over $8 million to more than 800 charity partners.
SmartMeals takes action against hunger by providing ready-made meals to vulnerable people, made by food based social enterprises who offer job-training to vulnerable people.
Food security remains a challenge for many people unexpectedly made unemployed through COVID-19, and for people who were previously experiencing poverty and homelessness. Social enterprises cafes were hit hard by COVID and these partnerships are helping them rebuild, providing training to their disadvantaged and marginalised staff.
At Scarf, we transform the lives of young people seeking protection, and those from refugee and migrant backgrounds, by getting them into work while adding flavour and heart to the hospitality industry. Founded in 2010, Scarf is a not-for-profit organisation with charity status which operates as a social enterprise* Scarf Trainees are at the centre of everything we do, but meaningful roles are also played by diners and mentors
How does it work?
We partner with restaurants and other hospitality businesses to run Scarf dinners and provide meaningful training, mentoring and paid work experience to our participants.
We create a positive, real-world experience for our trainees, who have faced significant barriers to work.
Trainees are paid, valued, become part of a learning community, and move on to meaningful jobs with confidence, supportive relationships, and excitement.
Worksmith connects and supports the food, beverage and hospitality industries through resources, buying power and opportunities.
Worksmith founded Tip Jar Fund during the height of COVID-19 in 2020 to support those who needed it most – especially those in the hospitality sector that no longer had work and were not directly supported by government resources.
Worksmith continues to be a source of connection for the hospitality industry and will continue to reinforce their mandate to grow, hospitality, together.