Root Community Partners:

Student referrals, social services and case management

New Liberty Innovation School, Youth Build North Shore, Plummer Home, Recovery High School, LEAP for Education, Salem Public Schools, Lynn Public Schools, Beverly Public Schools, Catholic Charities North, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Salem Academy Charter School, Lahey Health Behavioral Services, Salem State University, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, SPUR good deeds, Change is Simple

Externships, work opportunities and guest chefs


Flying Saucer

Sea Level  






Jodi Bee Bakes

Organic Garden

Scratch Kitchen

Boston Hot Dog


Flatbread Pizza

A&J King    

Village Tavern

Local farms (both for fresh produce and instruction)

Three Sisters Garden Project, Appleton Farms, Green Meadows Farm, Tendercrop Farm, Food Project, Marini Farm

Essex County Community Foundation, Wellspring House, LEAP for Education, North Shore Medical Center, Beverly Bootstraps, The Open Door, North Shore United Way, Plummer Youth Promise, Mass in Motion Salem, Community Servings, United Teen Equality Center, My Brother’s Table, Future Chefs, Enterprise Center at Salem State University, The Food Project, Project Bread, Endicott College, North Shore Community College, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, City of Salem, NECAT, Haley House

Administrative and Consultation services

Root Supporters:

2nd Annual Celebration Sponsors
Windover Construction
Vinwood Caterers
Salem Five Charitable  Foundation
Brookwood School
Shetland Park

Alyse Gause Photography
Q. Cassetti
CityWinery Boston
Notch Brewing
Far From the Tree Cider
Singing Flower
Glovsky & Glovsky LLC
Zwikker & Zacher Ltd

“Our kitchen and venue doors will immediately be open for internships and real jobs for the Root students. Real-life, hands-on training is what we will offer, with as much guidance and support as each student deserves. Success will be hard-earned, which will translate into feelings of accomplishment and pride in a job well done. Opportunities and advancement can be vast in this industry, and Vinwood is committed to giving these kids our time and knowledge to soar.” 
- Rick Delisle, Owner/Partner, Vinwood Caterers

Root’s mission of transforming the lives of youth from challenged backgrounds has become a reality thanks to the generosity of our many supporters. Numerous individuals and organizations have helped us to build a program focused on changing the narrative for these young people by teaching them work and life skills through food service and life skills training. 
Visit us today to see how you can support Root’s mission and work.