Saturday, December 30, 2006

So All May Eat

SAME, a cafe where the patrons can pay for their meal with what they can afford - a lot of money, what they have in their pocket, or time spent washing dishes or weeding the organic garden:

These pay-as-you-can cafes have missions that are unapologetically altruistic—call it serving up fare Robin Hood style. "Our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy, organic food while being treated with dignity," explains Brad Birky, who opened SAME with his wife, Libby, in October. Customers who have no money are encouraged to exchange an hour of service — sweep, wash the dishes, weed the organic garden — for a meal. Likewise, guests who have money are encouraged to leave a little extra to offset the meals of those who have less to give. "We're a hand up, not a hand out," says One World owner Denise Cerreta, who prides herself on the fact that everyone can afford a meal at her cafĂ© [1].

[1] Time Magazine Online .

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