Food Politics + Justice SAME Cafe in Denver, Colorado

Published on January 27th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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Pay What You Can Organic Cafe

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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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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



4 Responses to Pay What You Can Organic Cafe

  1. 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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