Give Thanks for Six Eateries That Do Good While Serving Good Food

Get your lunch on and help those in need.
Get your lunch on and help those in need.
Kristin Pazulski

The holiday season is the time for giving, but it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Fortunately, there are places around town where you can enjoy a good, fast meal -- while also doing good for others. Keep reading to learn about six of these special places.

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Everyone can afford lunch at SAME Café.
Everyone can afford lunch at SAME Café.
Kristin Pazulski

6) SAME Café 2023 East Colfax Avenue 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday

SAME Café, one of the first pay-what-you-can restaurants in the nation, opened in 2006 with the goal of giving everyone access to good food -- hence its official name, So-All-May-Eat Café. Monday through Saturday, founders Brad and Libby Birky and an army of volunteers serve lunch: two types of pizza, two soups and two salads, plus dessert. Guests can order two pizza slices and helpings of soup and/or salad, and pay what they can afford -- even if that's nothing.

"We wanted to make sure that our customers have a menu to order from, since people experiencing poverty don't often get the opportunity to make a choice in what they eat," says Brad Birky. "Instead, they are forced to eat whatever is cheapest, regardless of their dietary needs or personal preferences."

Most of the cafe's customers pay less than market value or volunteer in the cafe to cover their meal, he adds; a smaller percentage pay market value or more to help support the enterprise. Half of the cafe's funding comes from customers, the other half from fundraising, grants and individual donations. SAME Café closes for Thanksgiving, but posts a list of places serving free meals on its door.

Want to give thanks for this institution? You can always volunteer; running the cafe takes fifteen to twenty volunteer hours a day.

Continue reading for more eateries that do good and serve good food.



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