Helping Transform Lives

  • You Are FareStart

    Transform lives, disrupt poverty and nourish communities through food, life skills and job training.


    Become a Champion

  • Great Food, Better Lives

    FareStart's Adult Culinary Program provides kitchen and life skills to put people on a path to success.

  • FareStart Gift Cards

    Purchase $50 in FareStart gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card to use in the new year!

    Treat someone to a wonderful meal and support our students as they transform their lives.

  • Make your gift go further with an employer match

    Check with your employer's HR department to see if they offer a matching program. Thank you to Amazon, which is matching employee donations to FareStart through the end of the year!

  • Youth & Young Adult Barista Program

    In partnership with YouthCare, this program gives young people experiencing homelessness the job training, tools and support they need to make a positive change in their lives.

A real solution to homelessness, poverty and hunger.

Competent, capable people eager to overcome the issues that have made it hard for them to get a job.

Provided with the tools, training, and support services they need for lasting employment in food service and the culinary arts.

Fueling world-class restaurants, cafes, catering and contract meal services that are enjoyed (and highly rated) by the entire community. 

FareStart is a real solution to some of our society's most pressing challenges—homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger. Our model works because we are both an effective social service provider and a thriving social enterprise. We help people transform their lives, create value for our community, and offer a way for everyone to play a role doing something that matters.


Job Training

Struggling to find stable employment, because you are in poverty, in recovery or formerly incarcerated? We can help you.

Restaurants & Cafés

Visit our growing number of top rated restaurants and cafés and experience the power of our approach for yourself.

FareStart Catering

Our exquisite cuisine will make your event memorable; at one of our beautiful venues or your location.

Catalyst Kitchens

We are leading a movement to help organizations that are fighting joblessness, poverty and hunger globally.

Feeding the Community

Providing nutritious meals 365 days a year to our most vulnerable citizens in daycare centers, schools, shelters and healthcare facilities.

Get Involved

Our success depends on the whole community. Whether you are a company, foundation, community group or individual, there’s a role for you.


Every Thursday we offer a three course gourmet meal prepared by one of our region’s finest chefs, assisted by our students, for just $34.95 per person.