One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing food security and building community through its pay-what-you-can nonprofit restaurant model. It supports more than 60 existing and dozens of start-up cafes in its network with expert consultation, best practices, and networking opportunities. OWEE Founder Denise Cerreta accepted the 2017 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award on behalf of the network of community cafes.
The face of hunger is not what you’d expect. One in six Americans – nearly 50 million people – are food insecure.* This means that to meet their nutrition needs, an overwhelming number of families and individuals will resort to eating unhealthy foods, accessing emergency food pantries and other services, or even find socially unacceptable ways to find food such as scavenging or stealing. The magnitude of this number tells us that these aren’t strangers, or forgotten citizens… they’re our neighbors.
Everybody is welcome at our cafes and each guest is treated with dignity and respect. People leave feeling nourished and supported, and the result is dynamic societal change.
*U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report titled Household Food Security in the United States in 2015.
We envision Pay-What-You-Can Community Cafes across the nation and world that are enhancing food security and reducing food waste in their local communities. They accomplish this by creating a space where people come together and eat in dignity, forming strong bonds that foster a more interconnected humanity. We will keep believing…
The Difference We Make
There are more than 60 community cafes around the world that have adopted the One World Everybody Eats model, including Panera Bread’s Panera Cares Cafes and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchens. Dozens of cafes are in development. New cafe development teams are joining our network of community cafes every month, proving that a cafe can thrive when guests are invited to pay what they can afford or offered the opportunity to volunteer for their meals.
Cafes in the OWEE network operate predominately with volunteers. Together, they serve nearly 4,000 meals a day, or more than 1.4 million meals a year.
Our SEVEN Core Values:
- Pay-what-you-can pricing
- Patrons choose their own portion size
- Healthy, seasonal food is served whenever available
- Patrons may volunteer in exchange for a meal
- Volunteers are used to the maximum extent possible to staff the organization
- Paid staff earn a living wage
- A community table is offered
- Some cafes embrace an eighth value: No set menu