From Our Editors
The Three Faces of FareStart Cafe
Cuisine with a Cause
FareStart began in 1992, when founder David Lee realized that homeless people needed more than just food. His innovative job-training program has changed the lives of nearly 7,000 disadvantaged individuals so far. After men, women, and teens complete free food-service training—which includes life-skills training and individual case management—they can take advantage of job-placement services. Graduates of the program boast a 90% employment rate, with some even ending up at the FareStart restaurant on Virginia Street. During their training, students get on-the-job experience at FareStart Cafe.
Café Favorites for Breakfast and Lunch
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Monday–Friday, the FareStart cooks start churning out quiches, breakfast sandwiches, and fresh bagels. Lunch, which stretches into early evening hours Monday–Thursday, features hot and cold sandwiches, such as a grilled-zucchini sandwich with hummus or a chicken-curry-salad sandwich topped with dried cranberries and a spring mix.
Designed specifically for homeless and disadvantaged youths, the FareStart Barista Training & Education Program opens up a vital career path for teens. The espresso machines at the café are manned by trainees in this program, who brew lattes, americanos, and cappuccinos for caffeine-hungry customers. Pro tip: if you bring your own cup, you’ll get a steep discount on a double-shot of espresso or a drip coffee.