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Helping to end hunger with pay-what-you-can community cafes


The face of hunger is not what you expect. One in six Americans – nearly 50 million people – is food insecure.* This means families and individuals eat unhealthy foods or resort to accessing emergency food pantries and other coping strategies, or find socially unacceptable ways to meet their nutrition needs such as scavenging or stealing.

To address this issue, One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to ending world hunger by sharing its pay-what-you-can community cafe model with communities national and internationally. It supports existing and start-up cafes in its network with expert consultation, best practices and networking opportunities.

*U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report titled Household Food Security in the United States in 2012.


The difference OWEE makes

As of January 2014, there were 36 community cafes across the United States utilizing One World Everybody Eats’ model, as well as Panera Bread’s Panera Cares project, with another 30 cafes in the planning stages. Almost all operate predominately with volunteers.

Together, all of the community kitchens serve approximately 3,468 meals a day, or more than 1.3 million meals a year to community members.


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Check out stories of our community cafes.