#GiveTogetherNow Grants Members $175,000 for Their Clients and Displaced Staff

April 21, 2020

The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is reverberating through FareStart's Catalyst Kitchens member network and the thousands of lives that utilize their services. Through crisis comes opportunities for communities to band together to take care of those in need during these unprecedented times.

The Stand Together Foundation and Family Independence Initiative recently launched their #GiveTogetherNow campaign, a rapid response effort to supply cash assistance to families most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households receive a one-time cash payment of $500 to meet their immediate financial needs.

Through their generosity, we recently received 350 codes to distribute to our member network, a total of $175,000 in financial aid for our member’s clients or staff who lost their jobs.

We are grateful for the #GiveTogetherNow campaign and would like to share some words of gratitude from our members:

So grateful to share this with our valued employees that I was heartbroken to lay off. Thanks to CK and FareStart for remembering those of us who are using business as platform for mission – lots of loss this month. – RS Eden

This is SUPER exciting for our young people. Thank you!! – Café Reconcile

Thank you so much! This will definitely be so helpful to our students and alumni, as many are struggling – we are so grateful! Thank you!  - Columbia Industries


Recipients include:

Appetite for Change

Café Reconcile

Catholic Charities Louisville

Catholic Community Services of Utah

Chester County Food Bank

Columbia Industries

Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco



First Baptist Church of Abilene

Food Education Fund

Food Jobs Work

Forge City Works

Future Chefs

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Homeward Bound of Marin

Hot Bread Kitchen

Impact Culinary Training Program

Inspiration Corporation

Kitchen of Grace

Kitchens for Good

Lighthouse Bistro

Manna on Main Street

My House

Pathlight HOME


RS Eden

St. Matthew’s House

Step by Step

Stone Soup PDX

Telamon Corporation

Together We Bake

UMOM New Day Centers


Thank you again to the Stand Together Foundation and the Family Independence Initiative for their generosity to our member network.

To learn more about how our members are responding to the COVID-19 crisis through hunger relief efforts and community collaboration, visit our blog here.

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Corinne Molz

Corinne brings experience to her role of Communications Coordinator from her background in event planning, international development undergraduate degree, and her passion for the foodservice job training social enterprise model. Her career goals are devoted to lifting others out of the cycle of poverty through economic empowerment through employment/workforce development. She previously served FareStart as a Catering Captain, Catalyst Kitchens as Program Associate, and currently manages all More