For many years now I have been searching for a good volunteering gig that satisfied my desire to give back to the community but was also a good fit for me. I finally found it! Yesterday, Christmas Eve, I had the pleasure of volunteering my time in the FareStart kitchen.
“FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Over the past 19 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 5,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 4.5 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children.”
In addition to their contract kitchen, FareStart has a restaurant located on the ground level of their downtown location at the corner of 7th and Virginia. The restaurant is available for events — parties and weddings — and I will be promoting this program along with their director of catering at the Wedding Show on January 7th and 8th at the Convention Center. All proceeds from banquets held at the restaurant go right back into the program. If you are heading to the wedding show, please stop by to say hello and learn about a fantastic program that I am proud to be a part of.
Please take a moment to watch this short video to learn more about FareStart. Congratulations are also in order for FareStart for winning the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year award for 2011!