Our mission is to remove the barriers that many of our community members face when attempting to access nutritious and affordable food.
We use a suggested donation model, as to not exclude any of our guests from receiving a meal. We do not separate people because the whole community dines together in a socially acceptable engaging environment.
Our long term goal is to have our own, fully-functioning cafe that will be open to the public.
We envision a community in which everyone has access to high-quality, locally-sourced nutritious and affordable food in a socially engaging environment, that inspires a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
Trusting our customers to be inspired, honest, and fair in their exchange of money and/or time for the food we prepare both mindfully and in a heartfelt way each day.
Ending Food insecurity by building human capacity and not encouraging dependency. Welcoming all members of our community.
Serving local, organic-when-possible, and unprocessed fresh food. This promotes good health, supports farmers, and promotes environmental sustainability.
Paying for food for at market value except for donations of first-rate, high-quality food from local sources.
Eliminating waste in the food industry.
Practicing green, sustainable and compassionate business operations.
Providing living wages for employees and job-training skills for those who want to move into other areas of the food industry (at our permanent location). Wellness programs that improve the health of our guests.
Giving people the opportunity to give back to the community and Café through volunteerism.
Implementing best practices for nonprofit organizations and restaurant operations.
Pay What You
Harmony Cafe is based on and a proud member the established nonprofit restaurant business model developed by the One World Everybody Eats Foundation (OWEE)
Harmony Café is unique in the lack of a set menu as well as set prices. A donation system is available for patrons to pay what they feel their meal is worth as well as what they can afford to give.
Our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity. Food will be paid for at market prices and donations of first-rate, locally grown produce and other foods will be accepted.
Currently, there are more than 60 community cafés operating in the US and abroad. Here are just a few:
Panera Cares operated by Panera Bread has two nonprofit community cafes.
Grace Café, located at 219 S. 4th Street in Danville KY, is a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to serving delicious, fresh, locally-sourced, organic-when-possible, highly-nutritious food for everyone in our community regardless of their ability to pay.
This is a half-hour documentary about the organization One World Everybody Eats, which focuses on building pay-what-you-can Community Cafes. The film was directed by Justinian Dispenza and edited by Tanner Presswood.