Helping Transform Lives

  • Guest Chef Night

    Thursdays | 5:30 - 8:00
    FareStart Restaurant | 700 Virginia St.
    Free parking available in nearby Amazon garages

  • Cheers to #Viadoom!

    To help you get through the Viaduct closure, we're extending Happy Hour at Maslow's.

    Monday - Friday, 3 - 7 p.m.

  • Great Food, Better Lives

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

  • FareStart Catering

    Memorable & Meaningful

    From gorgeous weddings to inspiring company gatherings, FareStart Catering can help make your event spectacular.

  • Community Table by FareStart

    Community Table is a fast casual lunch spot in Amazon’s Houdini North offering build-your-own bowls, salads, burritos and more.

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 $29.95 per person.


  • Read FareStart's 2017 Annual Report.
  • From Homeless to Hopeful. Watch this video about Nikole who changed the direction of her life when she graduated from the Youth Barista Program, a partnership between FareStart and YouthCare.