Modeled on Success


Root’s social enterprise structure and training program is based on successful models including DC Central Kitchen, FareStart in Seattle, and Liberty’s Kitchen in New Orleans.  Utilizing the culinary arts as a training tool for high-risk populations who have significant barriers to employment is a proven pathway to stable employment and self-sufficiency.

Root's Self-Supporting Model

Through Root's social enterprise model, we operate several lines of food service-based businesses out of our Salem facilities. These provide a training environment for the students and also generate revenue to support our mission. 

These include:

  • The Root Café: The Root Café offers fresh, delicious, made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch items, smoothies, pastries, desserts, specialty coffees and espresso beverages. Ingredients are primarily locally-sourced and organic.

  • Catering by Root: In our spectacular event space, your home or office, Catering By Root offers delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners for social events, corporate gatherings and private parties.

  • HarborPoint at Root: This new 2,200 square foot special event site features unique, multi-faceted and flexible event space, a convenient downtown location with beautiful views of Salem Harbor, and abundant parking.

“When I learned about Root’s mission to help under-serviced youth develop life skills and workforce readiness through food preparation training and on-the-job-experience, I became excited about getting involved and supporting their work. I am passionate about inspiring the younger generation to take charge of their lives so Root is a natural fit for me. The satisfaction of helping young people build skills to be able to achieve success is immeasurable. Root is inspiring and joyful and I can’t imagine a cause more worthy of support!”

— Kirke Hall, Advisory, the Weezie Foundation

"Grounded in good nutrition and built on solid community engagement, Root offers a practical culinary approach to connect local youth with an opportunity to succeed.  Root's innovative training model is a program to watch and replicate across the North Shore." 

Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director, The Open Door