FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women and youth to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the foodservice industry. We empower each individual to achieve his or her highest potential by restoring hope, giving respect, nurturing self-confidence, granting trust and creating opportunity.
This is our greatest volunteer need! Culinary students enrolled at FareStart also participate in this volunteer opportunity as part of their training. This is an important way for our students to give back to the community.
FareStart delivers meals 365 days a year to several area emergency and transitional housing facilities. We rely on volunteer power to ensure that we can get these important meals to our neighbors. Volunteers help pack up meals for transportation and deliver them with FareStart’s chefs and students to local homeless shelters then, depending on the number of student volunteers, you may have an opportunity to serve dinner at the Downtown Emergency Service Center alongside FareStart chefs and students.
No driving necessary; you will ride in a FareStart van with FareStart staff
No professional experience or Food Handler’s card required
Must be able to carry pans/trays full of food up and down stairs
Our insurance requires all volunteers to be at least 18-years-old
Location: Vans leave from the FareStart building at 7th and Virginia promptly at 3:00 p.m. Please arrive at the administrative entrance on Virginia Street (around the corner from the restaurant entrance).
Dates/Times: Shelter runs are 365 a year, but the greatest need is on Friday's from 2:45 PM - 6:30 PM. You are welcome to sign up in advance for one or several different days.