One World Everybody Eat’s longest running cafe, SAME Cafe, is the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Small Nonprofit Organization of the Year.
“Healthy food is not a luxury. Healthy food is a right, and we want to make sure that everybody understands that – and everybody has the right to access healthy food,” said Letisha Steele, Chef and Operations Manager for SAME Café.
One World Everybody Eats is joining the global pay-it-forward day movement. On April 28th, 2019 countries across the world will unite with one common goal: to stand for kindness together.
Here are three ways you can pay-it-forward at a One World Everybody Eats cafe:
Dine with us.
Sign up to Volunteer.
There are countless ways you can spread kindness on Pay-It-Forward Day. One World Everybody Eats hopes you will spend part of your day at one of its independent cafes. But regardless, the organization hopes you spark kindness that lasts all year long!
As we say goodbye to Drexel University’s EAT Café we commend the University for the work it has done in West Philadelphia. Thousands of people ate, gave, and supported EAT Café and its community.
Pay-what-you-can restaurants are not exempt from the same challenges of traditional restaurants. According to the University of Ohio, 60% of traditional restaurants fail in the first year, and 80% of traditional restaurants fail in 5 years.
Nonprofit restaurants have added restrictions on access to capital; pressure to immediately build community; and expectations to solve large social issues, while also operating a fully functional restaurant. This is why nonprofit restaurants need extra support including grants, fundraising, and organizations like One World Everybody Eats.
Fort Worth’s non-profit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, is named 2019 Best of Fort Worth for Best Atmosphere (Readers Pick).
“We are honored that our fellow Fort Worthian’s recognize the unique atmosphere of Taste Community Restaurant,” says Jeff Williams, Taste Project Founder and Executive Director. “We invite God to meet us here every day, and I hope this recognition only allows even more people to come ‘…taste and see the Lord is good.’”
One World Everybody Eats Cafe, A Place at the Table in Raleigh North Carolina, opened in January 2018. Now, just over one year later, the organization announces expansion plans to double in size!
The expansion into the adjacent storefront will allow the cafe to maintain it’s original address, expand its seating, and install a full kitchen to serve even more of its community.
Founder Maggie Kane says, “…we are humbled by how generous Raleigh has been – first in helping us to open in 2018, and since, through grants, daily volunteer shifts and simply by making [A Place at the Table] your destination for breakfast and lunch.”
The Cardinal Restaurant in Boone, North Carolina is taking over F.A.R.M. Cafe! For one day only, the American restaurant will be serving up deliciousness at F.A.R.M. Cafe and covering meal costs so that EVERY DOLLAR donated at F.A.R.M. Cafe will support the organization’s operation.
The Cardinal provides classic American road food with the freshest ingredients available. Both its menu and cocktail list feature an eclectic mix of hand crafted food and beverages; all prepared in house with an attention to taste and presentation. Its staff works hard to make sure that not only is your experience pleasurable, but that you have fun while you are with them.
One World Everybody Eats cafe, Thelma’s Kitchen, is scheduled to host community influencers George and Eli Medina as they serve up lunch to its hungry community.
“The Medinas will be serving up delicious food, as well as making a financial contribution to KC’s first ever pay-what-you-can restaurant. ‘We are inviting our local friends and clients to swing by this unique establishment to see what a ‘pay what you can’ restaurant is all about,” said George. ‘We hope that through spreading the word we can get more people involved in this great cause.’”
Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs is ‘Returning the Favor’ with his new series available on Facebook. In the upcoming Season 4, he features One World Everybody Eats cafe The Kitchen Table in Rochelle, Illinois.
“Not only did Rowe bring his film crew to shoot a TV show, he pitched in both by helping work at The Kitchen Table, and by donating $50,000 towards an expansion project that will build a new dining hall at the community cafe, located at 7034 Klondike Road in Rochelle.”
Donna Bryson, of Denver Colorado’s Denverite writes about One World Everybody Eat’s Cafe, S.A.M.E. Cafe, as they launch their food truck!
“Reubendale said the crowds at the East Colfax site tucked between a hair salon and a bakery have made clear the 13-year-old enterprise needed to expand. But it could cost as much as $500,000 to open a new brick-and-mortar restaurant. He budgeted $120,000 for buying and outfitting the food truck and staffing and supplying it for a year, during which he can scout locations, refine planning and rally support for a second restaurant site.”
One World Everybody Eats announces today the addition of Julie Williams as Board President, Thomas Brown as Board Vice-President, Donnell Jones-Craven as Board Secretary, and Erica Cunningham as Board Treasurer as the organization seeks to expand. And with deep appreciation for over 14 years of service, Denise Cerreta will transition from Board President to Board Advisor. Deb Casini Klein will also transition from Board Secretary to Board Advisor. And Fred Miller will continue as Director Emeritus.
One World Everybody Eats Cafe, Drexell and Honeybee’s in Brewton Alabama, was featured on ‘Simply Alabama’ Television Show. The show journeys throughout Alabama to uncover the many stories that make Alabama great!
Lisa Thomas-McMillan, and Freddie McMillan opened Drexell and Honeybees’s pay-what-you-can cafe in March of 2018. And together they are feeding and building their community.
“You cannot look at a person and tell if the’re hungry,” says cafe operator Lisa Thomas-McMillan. “…People can go to work everyday and make their living but they can still fall short. They can come in here and get a meal, and nobody [would] ever know it.”
One World Everybody Eats Cafe, S.A.M.E. Cafe, in Denver Colorado announces the launch of it’s S.A.M.E. Cafe Food Truck with the goal of bringing healthy and nutritious food into food deserts.
S.A.M.E. Cafe (So All May Eat) is One World Everybody Eat’s longest running cafe, in operation for over 13 years. The launch of its food truck will allow the organization to feed almost twice as many people in 2019 as it fed in 2018.
Thomas and Jennifer Wright are in the process of renovating a historic building in downtown Paola in an effort to save the building and serve their community.
“We feel God gave us that building, and he didn’t give it to us for our use,” says Thomas Wright. “God wants to feed the hungry in every way there is. Food provides sustenance, but the spirit is hungry too.”
The couple plans to call the pay-what-you-can restaurant, ‘What’s for Dinner’.
Taste Community Restaurant, Fort Worth’s non-profit restaurant, has earned Yelp’s status of ‘all-time Texas favorite’.
According to the National Restaurant Association, there are nearly 50,000 restaurants across the great state of Texas. But Yelp has narrowed down the all-time top 100 Texas favorites. And, coming in at #27 is Fort Worth’s non-profit pay-what-you-can restaurant: Taste Community Restaurant.
Food writer, Liz Peto, dines at One World Everybody Eats pay-what-you-can cafe, The Eat (Everyone At the Table) Cafe, in Philadelphia and documents her experience at Spotted by Locals.
The EAT Café is a not-for-profit restaurant that nourishes and unites the community. In Philadelphia, nearly 1 in 4 people is food insecure. The organization address food insecurity by serving delicious meals to all who walk through our door.
After more than three years of planning, Rev. Sarah Sedgwick, Erin Heath and Stefanie DuRussell prepare for opening day of Soul Platter Cafe by hosting several soft opening dates.
“Sarah, Stefanie and I remarked how wonderful it was to hear the laughter and chatter of our guests,” said Heath. “To see it all come together, from the fresh salad we picked, to the smells of the kitchen, to excited volunteers and the donations coming in before we are officially open, it’s just been a vision up until today. And now it’s real.”
There are real challenges in operating a pay-what-you-can cafe, but behind all of those challenges are real people.
"The Panera Cares experiment didn't last nine weeks or nine months, but more like nine years. Very large numbers of people got free or low-priced food. Others were willing to use Panera Cares as a charitable mechanism by paying more for food."
One World Everybody Eats Cafes are providing healthy food and cultivating community in Appalachia! F.A.R.M Cafe in Boone, North Carolina, One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennesee, and Grace Cafe in Danville, Kentucky are leading the way.
Jonathan Bender, food writer and volunteer at One World Everybody Eats Cafe, Thelma’s Kitchen, documents his volunteer experience and the impact Thelma’s Kitchen is already making on its community since opening in last summer.
“Thelma’s Kitchen is one of 60 restaurants operating nationwide under One World Everybody Eats, a charity that shows community organizations how to open eateries with a pay-what-you-can model.”
Cari Haus, Lori Jones and Angela McPherson are working to ensure everyone eats in Edmore, Michigan. Their pay-what-you-can cafe, Daniel’s Kitchen, will have an all vegetarian menu. The cafe is scheduled to open this February.