Catalyst Kitchens Membership

Empowerment through Job Training 

First and foremost, our network provides a pathway out of poverty through foodservice training, soft skills development and targeted job placement services.

Member programs serve anyone with barriers to employment, including but not limited to those who have experienced homelessness (youth, 16-24 and adults, 18+), incarceration, refugees, individuals with gaps in employment history, individuals with developmental or physical disabilities, those in recovery from substance use disorder and veterans.

Sustainability through Social Enterprise

Our members operate foodservice businesses that serve as training grounds for their students while offsetting programmatic costs through generated revenue. 

Our members operate many kinds of foodservice operations, including brick and mortar businesses such as bakeries, catering, cafes, restaurants, food trucks, contract meals services to schools, daycare centers, senior centers, local shelters and in-house clients residing in program's housing facilities, and food manufacturing. 

Community Engagement through Foodservice

This program model cannot thrive without the support and engagement of the community: from referral partners to the local chef community: employers, volunteers, donors and everyone in between.

Member programs are services agencies such as faith-based organizations, housing providers, community action agencies, human services agencies, food centered organizations such as food banks and soup kitchens and training programs that partner with local social service agencies. 

Catalyst Kitchens Members


Our members range in program type, size, populations served and business type. We are united in our goal to provide quality job training to economically empower our students in the hospitality field.

  • Over 80 organizations 

  • 15,800+ individuals placed in jobs

  • Over 22.2 million meals provided to communities across North America

Client Testimonials


Catalyst Kitchens has provided us with significant value over the past year through strategic resources, learning opportunities, and network sharing of best practices.

- Jorie Kirschbaum, Development Coordinator at Liberty’s Kitchen


Thank you Catalyst Kitchens for your encouragement, collaboration and cooperation. With your guidance we have doubled our impact on our community!

- Paul Fordham, Deputy Director at Homeward Bound of Marin



Catalyst Kitchens is the critical intermediary between grassroots and community-level innovators and national actors—foundations, media outlets, think tanks, and policy makers—'catalyzing' new solutions to the crises of hunger, unemployment, food waste, and inequitable access to healthy food.

- Alex Moore, Chief Development Officer at DC Central Kitchen


Build Your Program's Capacity

Our membership is here to give your program a boost through discounted technical assistance, vendor discounts, & more.

Connect with Your Member Community

From in-person events to virtual opportunities, we offer a variety of programming designed to bring people together.

Validate Your Program

We collect annual program outcomes to identify Model Members, provide network benchmarking, and leverage data to improve performance.

Become a Member

Sound like a good fit for your organization? Learn more about joining as a member of Catalyst Kitchens. 

Our Member Map

Learn more about member programs and find a program near you. 

Events & Workshops

Check out our upcoming events and workshops to connect to CK members and develop your program with industry knowledge. 

Get in Touch
Become a part of the Catalyst Kitchens network

Is your organization interested in becoming a Catalyst Kitchens member? Visit our inquiries page and get in touch.