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 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