In the July/August, 2004 issue of Hope magazine there is an interesting short article about Farestart in Seattle Washington which runs a restaurant, a catering business, and contract meal preparation using homeless and unemployed people not only to produce nutritious food for people but also to train poor, unemployed people many with psychiatric and substance abuse problems for the food service industry.
I was especially interested in this because we had done the same thing at The Health Association in Rochester, NY when I worked there in the 90s. We had opened the Journey Cafe which served primarily lunches in a restaurant used as a training site for people in recovery. I left the HA in 99 and I understand that they since have closed The Journey Cafe, but I was saddened at its demise because I always thought it had great potential. So I was very excited to see that a similar program is flourishing and doing well on the other side of the country.