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. 

Fighting Poverty with Data: Tableau Foundation Looks Back at 2019

December 26, 2019

Original article published on the Tableau Foundation blog. At the Tableau Foundation, we’ve learned from our grant partners that while solving poverty on a broad scale may be their goal, it’s not how they go about their work. Instead, they’re using data to see deep into the issue and understand the needs of the people they’re trying to serve.

Katrina's "Tough Love" Approach at Kitchens for Good

December 8, 2019

Everyone needs a cheerleader sometimes. Students at Model Member Kitchens for Good have found theirs in Katrina Meredith, Director of Workforce Development, who works to support students through the program with encouragement and by holding them accountable for their actions. Her tough love approach to counseling has paid off with Kitchen for Good's 75% graduation rate.

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.