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Helping to end hunger with pay-what-you-can community cafes


The face of hunger is not what you expect. One in six Americans – that’s 50 million people – are food insecure.* This means families and individuals eat unhealthy foods or resort to accessing emergency food pantries and other coping strategies, or find socially unacceptable ways to meet their nutrition needs such as scavenging or stealing.

To address this issue, One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) offers an innovative, pay-what-you-can business model that helps communities alleviate hunger at the local level. There are currently 50 community cafes across the United States utilizing this business model, as well as the as well as Panera Bread’s Panera Cares project, with another 20 cafes in the planning stages. Almost all operate predominately with volunteers.

*U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report Household Food Security in the United States in 2011.

The difference they make

Together, all of the community kitchens serve approximately 3,468 meals a day, or more than 1.3 million meals a year to community members.