Congratulations on wanting to start a community cafe! We look forward to helping you in this wonderful endeavor to help alleviate hunger in your community and join the 50 independent community cafes currently operating, as well as dozens of others in the planning stages.


1) Check out our Guide to Starting A Community Cafe.
This 80-page manual “OWEE Guide to Starting a Community Cafe” offers a clear description of how to begin. The author, Rev. Dr. Chris May was a former board member of One World Everybody Eats, and founding board member of F.A.R.M. Cafe in Boone, NC. She has researched the pay-what-you-can model and teaches non-profit management at Appalachian State University.  


2) Learn more about the core principles of a thriving community cafe.
Pay-what-you-can restaurants are not exempt from the same challenges of traditional restaurants. We have found non-profit restaurants in our network are 25% more successful than traditional restaurants. And active cafes in our network have an even higher rate of success.

Our core principles help guide independent cafes in successfully executing the pay-what-you-can restaurant model.

One World Everybody Eat offers regional training with detailed information about the fundamentals of a community cafe; and it provides help in thinking through application in your own community. One World Everybody Eat’s Community Cafe 101 is open to anyone looking to start a pay-what-you-can cafe or learn more about our nonprofit model. 

Community Cafe 101 (Denver, CO)
Saturday, October 19th - Sunday, October 20th, 2019
2023 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

3) Join our network of community cafes.
You are invited to join our community of community cafes. Membership benefits include:


4) Meet some people who started a community cafe.
Meet Libby Birky, co-founder of S.A.M.E. Cafe in Denver, Colorado as she presents at TEDxMileHigh in 2012.


Meet Kathleen Baumgardner, co-founder of FOCO Cafe in Fort Collins, Colorado as she presents at TEDxPeachtree in 2016.


Meet Jeff Williams, founder of Taste Project (Taste Community Restaurant) in Fort Worth, Texas as he presents at TEDxUTA in 2018.


5) Join us at the Annual Summit of Community Cafes.
The 2020 Annual Summit of Community Cafes will be held in Fort Worth, Texas from Friday, January 17 - Sunday, January 19, 2020.

We are working to coordinate a full and exciting agenda of activities, including a pay-what-you-can meal, stimulating keynote speakers, expert trainers from local universities and nonprofits, panel discussions featuring veteran cafe operators, a celebration dinner, and plenty of time for networking.