Responding to COVID-19

FareStart and our Catalyst Kitchens members are on the frontlines

Together, we're providing hunger relief and social services in the Seattle area and across the country to ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors are safe and supported throughout the crisis.

Nourishing our Communities

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to spread, many of our most vulnerable neighbors have lost access to food.

FareStart and our Catalyst Kitchens members are producing more than 800,000 emergency meals a week to alleviate hunger in communities locally and across the country.

FareStart is supporting students and graduates through virtual training, job placements, meals, counseling and other services. 

Our Response

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, FareStart has provided over 3.5 million meals to organizations across the Seattle area that serve youth, adults and families who are low income or experiencing homelessness.

Emergency meals are going to over 100 sites including Downtown Emergency Services Center, Plymouth Housing, YMCA and King County COVID-19 isolation and recovery sites.

FareStart and its food partners are maintaining the highest levels of safety following all CDC guidelines including social distancing and enhanced sanitation protocols to ensure people are safe.

We created new virtual job training programs to support adults and youth for the COVID-impacted employment environment.

We’re connecting impacted graduates to employer partners that are actively hiring in the midst of the crisis such as grocery stores and bakeries.

Catalyst Kitchens, FareStart’s national membership and consulting initiative, is supporting over 80 nonprofit members across North America as they navigate COVID-19, and in many cases, pivot to emergency meals. Learn more.

Behind the Scenes

Organize a Fundraiser

If you are interested in hosting an event or activity to raise money for FareStart’s COVID-19 response efforts, please fill out our fundraiser form.

Provide In-Kind Support

In-kind donations help keep costs down. Let us know if you’d like to donate food, goods or services.


Fill out our form to indicate your interest in helping out with FareStart's COVID-19 response. We will be in touch as positions open up.

National Response

FareStart's Catalyst Kitchens national network is supporting over 80 nonprofits across North America as they navigate COVID-19.

Community of Support

Thank you to everyone who has donated to FareStart's COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund!

Need Meals?

If you are an organization that serves low-income youth, adults or families and are interested in FareStart meals, we want to hear from you!