FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry.

FareStart has been helping people transform their lives through food for over 25 years - one person, one job and one community at a time.

The Puget Sound region needs 24/7 services for homeless youth


"The issue of shelter may be complex, but one thing is clear: No young person wants to be homeless."

Read this powerful piece on youth homelessness by our partner Melinda Giovengo of YouthCare.

seattletimes.com Seattle recently opened a navigation center for homeless adults with individual rooms, case management and 24/7 access. Young homeless people need a navigation center, too.

With the chefs from Lecosho in the kitchen and volunteers from Turner Construction Seattle and the Fairmont Olympic Hotel's concierge team serving our Guest Chef Night guests, the 2018 Thursday night series kicked off with a fabulous meal. All proceeds directly support FareStart's foodservice training programs that help adults and youth gain skills that can change their lives. #greatfoodbetterlives #guestchefnight

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, January 11, Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of net sales to support FareStart programs and students. Stock up at Whole Foods Market stores in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and Lynnwood to participate.
#greatfoodbetterlives #Seattle #Bellevue #Redmond #Lynnwood

#WednesdayWisdom FareStart Life Skills Instructor, Ms. Joan, shares this quote from Marva Collins with students in their first week of the Adult Culinary Program. We thought they are great words to keep in mind as we start off a new year. #greatfoodbetterlives #happy2018

Lecosho 1-4-18 | FareStart


The first guest chef of 2018 is Matt Janke of Lecosho​. Eater Seattle​ put Lecosho on its list of "seriously underrated restaurants in Seattle," but we've always known how awesome it is! Chef Janke is one of FareStart's longest running guest chefs. #guestchefnight

farestart.org Chef Matt Janke has been involved with FareStart since the very beginning and originally did Guest Chef Night as the chef/owner of Matt’s in the Market. He opened Lecosho in 2010, when it was named one of Seattle’s best new restaurants. It’s still going strong, featuring European-influenced di...


Over the past 25 years, FareStart has been a place where adults and youth enter feeling “broken” but graduate with a renewed sense of hope for the future. Thanks to the many volunteers, donors, diners and community meals customers, FareStart is able to transform lives. There is still time to make a tax-deductible gift of cash or stock that supports real solutions to poverty, homelessness and hunger. Thank you! www.farestart.org/donate #greatfoodbetterlives #25yearsoftransformation

Twenty-five years ago, 10 people graduated from FareStart’s innovative culinary training program. Today, there is more need than ever to transform lives through food. Your continued support will carry on this vision. Together we can transform homelessness, hunger and poverty into human potential.
#GreatFoodBetterLives #GivingTuesday

Circle of Impact Newsletter | FareStart


FareStart recently received a letter from our very first graduate who came to us through our partnership with Washington State Correctional Industries, "Ken."

"I will not say life without FareStart is not possible, but if a recently released guy does not have a good community support base I think they are more likely to have major issues. It's very hard to find a job with a record..."

Read all of his letter in FareStart's Circle of Impact Newsletter. Want to help more people like Ken? Donate to FareStart to help fuel the important work of breaking down barriers to employment.


Last year, Farms for Life donated over 7,000 pounds of farm fresh, local produce to FareStart’s Community Meals Program. “Lettuce” thank them for their awesome support! #greatfoodbetterlives

Michael, a graduate of our Adult Culinary Program and now in our Foodservice Apprenticeship Program, is learning the skills he needs to advance his career and set his sights on new goals.
Make your tax-deductible donation today and transform more people’s lives and careers in 2018. Thank you!
#greatfoodbetterlives #25yearsoftransformation

FareStart's Community Meals Program prepares and delivers hot meals to homeless shelters and social service programs throughout the Seattle area 365 days a year. Today is no exception, and thanks to the generosity of local companies, we are able to provide meals at no cost AND include some sites outside of our normal route.

Help us thank the donors and volunteers from Amazon.com, Admiral Insurance, AXIA Home Loans, F5 Networks, First Tech Fed, Nicky USA and PEMCO Insurance for donating time and resources to ensure people get a hot meal today! #greatfoodbetterlives #merrychristmas

FareStart Gift Cards | FareStart

Need a last minute gift? FareStart gift cards are good at all of our restaurants and cafes - and help alleviate homelessness. Electronic and mobile gift card options available.

farestart.org FareStart Gift Cards make great gifts. With a simple purchase, you treat someone to a wonderful meal while supporting our students in transforming their lives.Buy a gift card online or stop by the FareStart Restaurant, Maslow's by FareStart, Café @ Pacific Tower or Café @ 2100 during hours of oper...

Students in FareStart's Youth Culinary Program - in partnership with the Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy - went above and beyond this week to advance their culinary skills. They were hard at work trying out new recipes, creating menus and touring Community Table Seattle. Way to go!
#greatfoodbetterlives #25yearsoftransformation

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