Helping Food Service Employees

BEHIND YOU! provides financial assistance to food service employees who are unable to work due to illness or injury.

To donate to our general fund, use the button below.


Awards Dinner for Behind You - January 10 2022


Join us for our first in person event in two years! We plan to recognize three members of our community for their contributions in assisting foodservice workers during the pandemic and beyond in what will become an annual event. James Beard award winning Chef Frank McClelland has agreed to be our host for the evening as we gather once again to eat, celebrate, and reflect.

Chef Frank has developed a 4 course menu just for us. Your ticket includes that menu, including tax and gratuity. Cash bar will be available as well. 30% of each ticket sold will be donated to Behind You to support our mission of assisting foodservice employees in crisis from Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott.



In 1999, Elizabeth Bookholz didn’t feel well and left work early at The Witches Brew on Derby Street in Salem, MA. The doctors discovered she had a serious and rare disease and she was immediately hospitalized. Due to the unexpected costs of her medical treatment, her friends and colleagues planned a fundraiser to try and raise money for her bills while she was unable to work. Tragically, Elizabeth passed away the night of the fundraiser was being held. Money raised that evening and from any subsequent fundraisers was used to create the Elizabeth Bookholz Memorial Fund to support individuals working in Salem-based restaurants.



In 2018, the Elizabeth Bookholz Memorial Fund became Behind You with a mission to provide financial assistance to food service employees who are unable to work due to illness or injury. Our goal is to have the backs of food service industry employees in times of need. Behind You is a needs-based emergency assistance fund designed to support employees when they have a medical hardship and are unable to work for at least four (4) weeks. Behind You defines eligible employers as restaurants that serve food, catering companies, food trucks or concessions and taprooms, cafes, and bars. At this time, similar establishments that do not qualify for financial assistance according to Behind You’s guidelines include retail establishments that serve food (such as grocery stores or gas stations), meal prep, home meal delivery companies, third-party food delivery, and non-commercial cafeterias such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and retirement homes.



In 2020, the fund became Behind You and expanded its reach to include individuals that live or work in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and/or Swampscott. It is the goal of Behind You to continue to grow to serve the food service industry throughout the region. We hope you’ll join us.


Behind You Employee Fund


If you are a restaurant employee, please be on the lookout for the expedited application, which will be available online here.



 Here at Behind You, we are driven by our purpose. We will only succeed by growing our group of like-minded people. If this is you, please register! We could use all different skill sets.



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