Food Politics + Justice

Published on January 27th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe


Pay What You Can Organic Cafe

SAME Cafe in Denver, Colorado

We are incredibly lucky that we can afford to stock our pantry with healthy, organic foods. Unfortunately, there are a lot of folks that can’t swing the cost of organic produce or even afford fresh food at all. There’s a little cafe in Denver, Colorado that’s looking to change all that.

So All May Eat Cafe in Denver serves healthy, organic meals on a pay-what-you-can basis. Instead of paying at a register, you drop a donation for your meal into their payment box. The restaurant is able to cover 75% of its operating costs this way. To make up the other 25%, they have grant money and larger donations.

The folks at Organic Nation shared a three minute video about this unique restaurant:

Pretty awesome, right? I love the idea of folks who can afford fresh, healthy food helping out ones who can’t. It’s also pretty great to see a business based on the assumption that “people are good.”

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by e pants

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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  4. Tomi Jaycox says:

    I’ve thought of opening a pay what you can cafe in my community. I was never sure, it could work. Thanks for actually doing it. I would like to find out more information on opening a restaurant like this in my hometown in Ohio. Do you have more information to share? Thanks so much for making a difference.

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