Fresh Abilities, our quick-service salad restaurant, opened within COhatch – The Market in downtown Springfield in 2020. Offering fresh salads, wraps, soups and smoothies, Fresh Abilities is perfect for a quick, healthy meal – the lettuce we use in our salads and wraps is even harvested in our own hydroponics greenhouse at TAC!

The restaurant empowers individuals with disabilities by providing transferable skills and experience which lead to a pathway for future employment in the food service industry and beyond. Our goal is to help those employed at Fresh Abilities gain the skills, experience, and certifications that will enhance their resumes and make them stand apart from others seeking employment within the food service industry.


  • Trainees receive over 110 hours of documented instruction and a graduation certificate.
  • All trainees receive a ServSafe Level 1 certification to help build their resume.


The food service industry regularly faces staffing challenges. Fresh Abilities trainees will have the experience and knowledge to help fill those gaps. We hope restaurants will come to us to help them find the qualified staff they are looking for!

“It’s more than just a salad!”