Farming Hope Impact Expansion
Farming Hope – San Francisco, Calif.
- Grant Program: GrantsPlus
- Amount of Grant: $100,000
- Dates of Grant Term: January 2020 – January 2023
Farming Hope is addressing the Bay Area’s most pressing crisis: homelessness. Through its farm-to-table paid job training program and partner network, Farming Hope is helping people facing barriers to employment feel empowered and become self-sufficient by learning culinary skills and being given post-training job opportunities.
Following a nationally-recognized curriculum from the Catalyst Kitchens network, Farming Hope runs three 12-week Culinary Apprentice Program sessions a year for people from extremely low income populations in the San Francisco neighborhoods of the Mission, Tenderloin, and Mid-Market, which are neighborhoods with high populations of individuals experiencing homelessness. As part of the Culinary Apprentice Program, participants will receive paid, hands-on training (24 total hours in horticulture job training and 290 hours in culinary career training) in a social enterprise and social justice-oriented restaurant, Manny’s, located in the Mission District.
“This partnership with We Raise supercharges Farming Hope’s efforts to employ and empower our neighbors out of homelessness. Every day our team is training future food system leaders, and that takes resources. We can’t thank the team and supporters of We Raise enough for donating their time, energy, financial support, and prayer to make it possible to hire more apprentices and provide higher quality job training.”
–Jamie Stark, Farming Hope