Build and grow job training programs that transform lives.


For over 20 years, FareStart has helped organizations across the country increase economic mobility for individuals furthest from opportunity and most affected by poverty, homelessness and food insecurity. Our consultants provide training, resources, technical assistance, and support to nonprofits that share a commitment to reducing poverty and hunger through food-based job training social enterprises.



Focused on Systemic Change


Our approach focuses on the symptoms as well as the root causes of poverty and food insecurity. Using system change strategies, FareStart’s consulting team supports organizations based on our proven three-part model:

  1. Empowerment through job training: Reduce poverty through foodservice and transferable skills training, wraparound support services and meaningful career pathways

  2. Impact through community engagement: Collaboration with local partners creating broad community impact and driving systems change

  3. Sustainability through social enterprise: Self-generating revenue through social enterprise(s), which marries the mission of a nonprofit with market-driven business


What You Receive


  • In-depth, customized consulting support for your organization, community and those you serve

  • A community-centered approach to program design, building healthy partner ecosystems with employers and other community partners so that individuals furthest from opportunity can thrive

  • Support with your feasibility studies, operational planning, program design and development, identifying and building partnerships and establishing metrics for your success

  • Access to customized tools, workshops, training curriculum and materials

  • Hands-on, knowledgeable experts with over a decade of collective experience

  • Facilitated strategic alignment around adjustments to policies, practices, power dynamics and mindsets to ensure the efficacy of programs

Leverage Our Experience


Our consulting team has worked with over 250 clients to help their programs prepare students for gainful employment.

We have supported organizations across more than 150 communities in launching new training programs, scaling existing programs and providing professional development.

The team has applied our proven curriculum for adult and youth culinary job training programs in over 44 states and territories across the country.


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What Our Clients Say
"If you want excellent support in strengthening your org's social enterprise, FareStart is thoughtful, personable, knowledgeable, and perfectly placed to provide this consulting. FareStart’s experience working in communities across the country makes them leaders and models for the social enterprise sector."
"They have the experience and the tools to help you at any step of your development."
"Our learning went beyond establishing social enterprises; we were able to imagine how to more broadly include an entire suite of wrap-around services necessary to support our clients."

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