Rising Higher

FareStart's Expansion
Training, opportunity and hope

For over 25 years, FareStart has been a pioneer in reducing hunger, poverty and homelessness in our community.

Rising Higher is our effort to grow impact in the face of increasing housing costs and inequality in our region.  An expansion to support a new paid apprenticeship program to help low-income foodservice workers gain additional skills to earn a living wage is our approach. Five new businesses in South Lake Union serve as the training ground for the new program.

This expansion would not have been possible without the incredible support of Amazon, a longtime FareStart supporter, who donated 25,000 square feet of dining and training space.

Learn more about how to support FareStart in Rising Higher, click here.

FareStart's Expansion


The support of the whole community is needed to ensure the success of the Foodservice Apprenticeship Program - to build its capacity and give hope and opportunity to many more low-income workers each year. The incredible opportunity and support from Amazon have made this program possible. Your support is key to succeed in this next step in fighting poverty in our region. Click here to learn more about the Rising Higher Campaign and how to contribute.

"The opportunity for us to grow is amazing. To be here on the front lines as the pioneers of getting this off the ground is phenomenal. Working every day with fellow apprentices as well as the regular staff is great."

- "J.", a Foodservice Apprentice Program graduate

Hire an Apprentice

FareStart works with apprentices on employment goals, job development and "soft-skills" such as teamwork, professionalism and self-confidence. We worked 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. 

Foodservice Apprenticeship Program

The Foodservice Apprenticeship Program helps low-income foodservice workers gain employment in higher wage positions such as line cooks, line leads, sous chefs, supervisors and managers. We are currently recruiting apprentices. If you are interested in learning more about the program, click here. If you are interested in our other training programs, click here.


Our new eateries are located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, operated by FareStart and open to the public. Community Table by FareStart house 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.

community table



Being able to provide on-job training for a population of people who've shown they already want to work hard and commit to doing well for themselves could really help both the problem of the labor shortage and opening up opportunities for better-wage jobs.
It's a great stepping stone into the workforce that puts you at a higher level.
The beauty of the program is that it trains up people into living wage jobs while responding to the need for skilled foodservice workers in our region.
Having this training made me feel competent and confident in my ability to be an effective server.