We’re here
to make an impact

People rallied around a shared sense of purpose drive outcomes that truly matter, and one good deed begets another.

By Restaurant People.
For Restaurant People.
We are one community!

respect. empathy. compassion.
you are not alone.

Our History


Southern Soul BBQ Burned To The Ground

March 27, 2010 Griffin and Harrison were so profoundly grateful for the community response and support received, they vowed to pay it forward in support of others in need of assistance


The Firebox Initiative Founded and Approved as 501(c)3

Although the initiative had been seeded by personal financial gifts for years, the Firebox Initiative was formally & officially launched in 2018.  Staff was expanded to include an Executive Director, but 100% of contributions continued to flow directly to grant recipients.


First Annual BBQ on The Bluff

BBQ on the Bluff (bringing together top pit master talent from throughout the southeast region) was our flagship fundraising event.  The inaugural event SOLD OUT, and has become a beloved annual tradition in the Golden Isles.


Covid-19 Pandemic

The restaurant industry experienced unparalleled and devastating financial pressures.


Firebox grants grew by more than 400%

Confirming the power of community rallied in support of friends and neighbors, our community sponsored more than $230,000 in emergency grant funding in support of the lingering economical effects of the pandemic.


firebox announces expansion plan to more fully support the needs in neighboring counties

WE Are just getting started

Since 2018, we’ve accomplished more than we ever dreamed possible
850+ Checks
$300K+ in Emergency Assistance to Individuals
118+ Different restaurants Throughout The Golden Isles

During the COVID Pandemic, we rallied to provide more than $200k in emergency grant assistance to help sustain restaurant workers who were temporarily unable to provide basic financial support to their loved ones and dependents

Expanding our footprint to expand our impact

Since inception we’ve principally committed to supporting employees of restaurants in Glynn County. However, the board has recently announced a plan to formally include the counties of McIntosh (by the end of 2023) and Camden (by the end of 2024).

We are ONE "Golden Isles" community!

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You are not alone!

If you are a local food service worker in need of emergency financial assistance, please ask us for help!

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Tuition Expenses

If you are a food service worker within our community and you have dependent children currently pursuing a college or technical education, we may be able to help with tuition expenses.

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