Since its inception, FareStart has used food as a tool to help transform lives - one person, one job and one community at a time - providing real solutions to poverty, homelessness and hunger. As income inequality grows and the restaurant industry experiences a shortage of chefs and staff in living wage positions, we need to do more.
As FareStart enters its 25th year, a new apprenticeship program has been added to help low-income foodservice workers gain additional skills needed 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.
The program is aimed at working with apprentices on employment goals, job development and "soft skills" such as teamwork, professionalism and self-confidence. FareStart is working closely with the Seattle restaurant industry to design a curriculum that is beneficial for the entire community. Click here to inquire about hiring FareStart graduates and apprentices.
This expansion would not be possible without the incredible support of Amazon, which is donating 25,000 square feet for the new eateries. They have been a longtime supporter and are clearly committed to bringing opportunity to Seattle.
The plan is to double FareStart's reach over the next 10 years to serve 7,000 people across all of the training programs. While existing programs help those with high barriers to employment succeed at entry level jobs, our expansion will add training for better access to positions that provide living wages and career advancement.
It will take the entire community to help us get there, says Megan Karch, FareStart's CEO. Learn more about the expansion and join in on the journey.