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July 20, 2021

Alyssa (she/her) started the Youth Culinary Program in November 2019 with the desire to learn culinary techniques and receive job preparedness training. After transferring high schools and struggling to adjust to her new

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June 29, 2021

Trish is FareStart’s first graduate of both the on-site adult training program and the virtual training program, the latter of which began as a response to the pandemic.

Trish began the Adult Culinary Program hoping to gain many of the tools the program had to offer. She had recently moved from Oklahoma, where she had experienced

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May 28, 2021

Over the past year, Marcus Bryant has faced one unprecedented challenge after another since joining FareStart as chief people and inclusion officer in late March 2020, shortly after COVID-19 hit. The pandemic upended FareStart as we knew it. We shut down our restaurant, cafes and catering, put all training on pause,  reorganized

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April 27, 2021


FareStart's 2021 Strategic Priorities

Dear FareStart Community,

From navigating a global pandemic to the continued fight for racial justice, this past year has been

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March 25, 2021

Amazon has supported FareStart in so many ways for so long, it’s hard to list them all. From one year to the next, they’ve stepped up and deepened their commitment to our mission: transforming lives, disrupting poverty, and nourishing communities through food, life skills and job training. To continue our mission critical work, Amazon is donating $250,000 to help expand

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February 15, 2021

Written by Tara Vallimont, Youth Barista Program Supervisor and Erika Van Merr, Associate Director of Philanthropy, Corporations & Foundations.

FareStart honors young people who have been instrumental in shaping Black history around the time of the Civil Rights Movement and will be making history moving forward. Youth and young adults were drawn to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, some engaging as very young children. They continue to be a bold

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February 12, 2021

It has been almost a year since FareStart closed its restaurant and cafes, put in-person programs on hold and pivoted our work to emergency meal production. Through all the obstacles, our team has produced over 2 million meals for our local communities.

I'm reflecting that we are in Black History Month. One year ago we had

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February 9, 2021

Black or African American history is American history. Black history, poetry, art, culture, activism, music, radical ideas, and achievements have been suppressed, distorted and erased for centuries due to constant and pernicious racism and white supremacy in the US. By actively investing in learning, celebrating, and lifting up African American voices and history at FareStart, we challenge anti-blackness and begin to become an organization based in our values of diversity, equity, inclusion

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January 28, 2021

FareStart employee packing meals that will be distributed to those most in need in the greater Seattle area.
Photo by Joshua Lewis

Despite the pandemic, FareStart experienced incredible strength, resiliency and hope in 2020. We witnessed how crisis brings the community together – even in a virtual world. In

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December 22, 2020

Dear Friends of FareStart,

This is a tough holiday season for many. I hope you are staying safe and well and remaining hopeful.

With COVID-19 surging and continuing restrictions taking a toll, more people than ever are struggling to get by. That’s why I’m reaching out to ask for your help.

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