Our vision is to empower people with high barriers to employment to become self-sufficient and thrive.
We'll double our reach over the next 10 years serving 7,000 people across all of our training programs.
And we'll need people like you, along with the entire community, to make this expansion successful.
Since our inception, FareStart has been a pioneer in reducing hunger, poverty and homelessness in our community.
As we embark on our 25th anniversary, we are launching an innovative paid apprenticeship program to help low-income foodservice workers gain additional skills to earn a living wage. The endeavor will coincide with the opening of five new eateries in Seattle, which will serve as the training ground for the new program.
This expansion would not be possible without the incredible support of Amazon, a longtime FareStart supporter, which is donating 25,000 square feet of dining and training space.
Learn more about how FareStart is Rising Higher, click here.
Foodservice Apprenticeship Program
Our foodservice apprenticeship program will help low-income foodservice workers gain employment in higher wage positions such as line cooks, line leads, sous chefs, supervisors and managers. Recruitment for the new program has begun. If you are interested in learning more about the program, click here. If you’re interested in our other training programs click here.
The eateries are located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, operated by FareStart and open to the public. Community Table by FareStart houses three fast casual eateries featuring BBQ, Bowls and Salad. Rise by FareStart is an Italian-inspired coffee shop serving a variety of handcrafted coffees and teas. Maslow's by FareStart is a full-service classic American restaurant open six days a week for lunch, happy hour and dinner.
Media Inquiries: (206) 787-1561
- New FareStart Eateries to Open on Amazon Campus by Late July
- FareStart and Amazon Cook-up New Foodservice Job Training Program
- Renderings of New Venues
Amazon has a heart, and it's Community Table from FareStart
The Seattle Times (8/4/2017)
Amazon to match up to $1 million in donations, revenue earned by FareStart as new restaurants open
The Seattle Times (7/18/2017)
Amazon plus FareStart equals love: 5 new South Lake Union restaurants announced
The Seattle Times (6/8/2017)
FareStart's five new Amazon eateries now have names and will open next month
Puget Sound Business Journal (6/8/2017)
FareStart Gets Big Boost from Amazon
Seattle Met Magazine (2/21/2017)
Amazon donates space, equipment for five new FareStart eateries
Seattle Times (2/16/2017)
Nonprofit FareStart to get 5 new locations for eateries, cafe with Amazon's help
Puget Sound Business Journal (2/16/2017)
FareStart needs the whole community's support to launch our new Foodservice Apprenticeship Program, build its capacity and help our organization grow to a new level and transform many more lives each year. The incredible opportunity and support from Amazon has made this program possible. Your support is all that is needed for us to succeed in this next step in fighting poverty in our region.
While we are in the planning stages of our expansion, there are still ways to get involved with FareStart. From dining at our restaurant to volunteering, we invite you to join us.
- Shop our Amazon wish list for FareStart students
- Come to Guest Chef Night
- Eat at the FareStart Restaurant
- Hire FareStart Catering for your next meeting
- Stop by our Café @ 2100 or Café @ PacTower
- Learn about volunteer opportunities
- Sign up for our e-Newsletter
- Spread the word about job opportunities at FareStart
Hire an Apprentice
FareStart will work with apprentices on employment goals, job development and "soft skills" such as teamwork, professionalism and self-confidence. We will work closely with leaders in Seattle's restaurant industry to design a curriculum that is beneficial for the entire community. Click here to inquire about hiring FareStart graduates and apprentices.