Jen Hidinger-Kendrick


Change Agents

Jen Hidinger-Kendrick is helping the restaurant industry take care of its own via the Giving Kitchen. She is the co-founder and spokesperson of the Atlanta-based organization, which provides emergency assistance grants and access to social services for those in need. Jen is also the co-founder of Staplehouse Restaurant, which donates all after-tax profits to the Giving Kitchen. Both entities were founded as a tribute to Jen’s late husband, Chef Ryan Hidinger, who dreamed of opening his own place and who the local restaurant industry rallied behind during his battle with cancer. To date, the Giving Kitchen has helped more than 1,000 people with over 1.5 million in grants.

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