FareWorks is a new culinary training and support program in metro Atlanta that enables people with limited employment prospects, due to situations such as recovery or incarceration, to acquire skills to gain employment. The inaugural class begins in January 2020. 


Provide food industry training to people with limited employment prospects due to situations such as recovery or incarceration.


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Culinary Training Program

  • 12-week curriculum, including knife skills, nutrition, basic cooking and baking techniques, and ServSafe certification in food safety and handling
  • On-the-job training
  • Employment for up to 3 months by Gourmet Innovations Inc. to help with the transition to a new job 

Life Skills Training Program

  • Finance and budgeting
  • Outplacement, including resume writing and role-play interviews
  • Regular Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous meetings

FareWorks makes the following investment per person for all training.


Kitchen Supplies $300
Curriculum Materials $250
Uniform $150
Knives $100

Your Help Goes a Long Way.

Click the link, then select “FareWorks”

Please note:  The FareWorks program is done in partnership with Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (PRUMC). All donations are tax-deductible. Many thanks for your donation!

In Georgia & the United States, incarceration rates & spending continue to increase but produce poor outcomes

  • In Georgia, the state department of corrections spends $1.2 billion dollars annually.
  • In the U.S., 1 in 31 adults (or 3% of the U.S. population) is under some type of supervision, such as jail/prison, probation or parole.
  • In Georgia, 1 in 13 citizens (or 8% of Georgia’s population) is under some type of supervision, making Georgia the 4th largest prison system in the country and 1st largest per capita.
  • Though 95% of offenders return to society, within three years 27% will return to prison with new charges. In 10 years, 66% will return.
  • Two thirds of surveyed prisoners had a drug or alchohol addiction when they entered prison. Half of federal prisoners reported having substance abuse or drug dependence problems.

Un- and under-employment is high among the formerly incarcerated

  • Unemployment of the formerly incarcerated is greater than 27% (higher than unemployment during the Great Depression) 
  • After release, only 55% of former prisoners have any earnings. Those former prisoners with jobs tend to earn less than the earnings of a full-time job at minimum wage 
  • The combination of high rates of incarceration and low employment rates among ex-prisoners implies that roughly one-third of all not-working, 30-year-old men are either in prison, in jail, or are unemployed former prisoners 
  • Research has found a strong, consistent link between fathers’ incarceration and family economic hardship, including housing insecurity, difficulty meeting basic needs, and use of public assistance 

The combination of poverty & family prison history disastrously impact children of the formerly incarcerated

  • 5 million+ U.S. children have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their lives.
    In Georgia, an estimated 189,000 children have had a parent incarcerated 
  • Among children who have ever had an incarcerated parent, 55% had lived with someone who had a substance abuse problem, compared with 7% among children with no parental incarceration 
  • A recent survey found that 65% of families with a member in prison or jail could not meet basic needs. Thousands of dollars in court-related fines and fees, along with costly visits to maintain contact, landed nearly one-third in debt. 
  • Research suggests the rise in incarceration over several decades has contributed to a significant increase in child homelessness, especially among African Americans. 
  • Children of female offenders are 7 times more likely to become incarcerated than those of non-incarcerated females  
  • Boys who were born into families in the bottom 10% of the income distribution (families earning about $14,000 per year) are about 20 times more likely to be in prison in their 30s, compared to boys born into families in the top 10% (families earning more than $143,000 per year)

Your Help Goes a Long Way.

Click the link, then select “FareWorks”

Please note:  The FareWorks program is done in partnership with Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (PRUMC). All donations are tax-deductible. Many thanks for your donation!

1 Fiscal year 2019 annual operating budget
10 Considered a conservative estimate

Gratitude to our partners, patrons, champions & volunteers for helping FareWorks bring opportunities to people who need them in Atlanta!

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  • Monday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sunday Closed