Helping Transform Lives

Helping Transform Lives
One Person. One Job. One Community at a time.
A real solution to homelessness, poverty, and hunger.

Competent, capable people eager to overcome the issues that have made it hard for them to get a job. 

Provided with the tools, training, and support services they need for lasting employment in food service and the culinary arts.

Fueling world-class restaurants, cafes, catering and contract meal services that are enjoyed (and highly rated) by the entire community. 

FareStart is a real solution to some of our society's most pressing challenges—homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger. Our model works because we are both an effective social service provider, and a thriving social enterprise. We help people transform their lives, create value for our community, and offer a way for everyone to play a role doing something that matters.


Job Training

Struggling to find stable employment, because you are in poverty, in recovery or formerly incarcerated? We can help you.

Restaurants & Cafés

Visit our growing number of top rated restaurants and cafés and experience the power of our approach for yourself.

Catering & Events

Our exquisite cuisine will make your event memorable; at one of our beautiful venues or your location.

Catalyst Kitchens

We are leading a movement to help organizations that are fighting joblessness, poverty and hunger globally.

Feeding the Community

Providing nutritious meals 365 days a year to our most vulnerable citizens in daycare centers, schools, shelters, and healthcare facilities.

Get Involved

Our success depends on the whole community. Whether you are a company, foundation, community group, or individual, there’s a role for you.


Every Thursday we offer a three course gourmet meal prepared by one of our region’s finest chefs, assisted by our students, for just $29.95 per person.

Save the Date! FareStart's 24th annual Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction to raise funds in support of our job training programs is set for Sunday, October 9. One of Seattle's biggest events, our gala event includes a silent auction reception, a wine auction, an elegant multi-course, gourmet dinner, live auction, and entertainment all taking place with the backdrop of Seattle's sparkling skyline. Tickets available now!



KING 5 Evening: Seattle cafe gives youths a FareStart

Seattle Times: Support grows for helping ex-prisoners become productive neighbors

FareStart Earns Charity Navigator's Highest Rating for Sixth Consecutive Year