Catalyst Kitchens Blog

FareStart’s Catalyst Kitchens Members Rising to the Occasion Nationwide

We may need to be socially distant, but we are not socially disconnected. Our members, their leadership, their volunteers, and their donors are on the front lines of this crisis to take care of the most vulnerable. 

How We Support Chef Trainers

December 4, 2019

The majority of chef instructors come into their roles with culinary backgrounds and are new to teaching or providing social services support to individuals with employment barriers. This is where Catalyst Kitchens comes in - our roles is to provide coaching, resources, and technical assistance to give these trainers, and all staff members at our member organizations for that matter, what they need to succeed.

Four Ways We're Creating a "Culture of Data" with our 2019 Data Champions

November 12, 2019

The concept of creating a "culture of data" has been growing in the non-profit field for years. What does it look like in practice? As a national network, Catalyst Kitchens is taking on this challenge with a group of 10 member organizations in the 2019 Data Champions Fellowship program to establish a data-driven culture nationally and within individual organizations.

Working Towards a Living Wage: Providence's Advanced Training Residency Program

September 20, 2019

Providence is stepping up their game in providing advanced training with their 2 year residency program. The result is a $4-$6 wage increase for student graduates. Learn how this program is making an impact on their students' careers.

Intern Today, Employee Tomorrow: Second Harvest Food Bank Internship Program

August 23, 2019

Sometimes, the best way to learn is to do. Employer partners are throwing their hat in the ring to host students to work in their kitchens. Model Member Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is leading the way with their advanced training internship model, a 16 week program for graduates to get hands-on experience in the kitchen and a chance for a full time job offer.

City Light's First Student Graduation!

August 7, 2019

We are excited to celebrate with Catalyst Kitchens member City Light Community Ministries as they graduated their first class last week! With support from our Catalyst Consulting team, City Light celebrates five graduates from their first culinary class, each completing 12 weeks of job training & seeking employment in the culinary industry.