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Pay-What-You-Can Cafés

Pay-what-you-can cafés are not-for-profit restaurants that serve wholesome meals in a loving and caring environment. They strive to use locally available resources to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in their communities. Individuals and groups involved in the pay-what-you-can model share their time, talents, experience, and resources with others who are trying to open a café in their own community. In pay-what-you-can cafés, there is no fixed price for food. All customers earn their “bread” by contributing an amount equal to what they would typically pay to purchase a similar meal at another restaurant. If customers choose to pay more, they may do so, but if they don’t have sufficient funds, they pay whatever they can afford or even work in exchange for their meal.

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