One World Everybody Eats is an organization that takes a unique approach to fighting world hunger through pay-what-you-can community cafe models that offer seasonal and local menus. They have built a network of cafes across the United States that replicate similar business structures, allowing customers to choose their own prices and portion sizes.
The philosophy behind One World Everybody Eats is more than making nutritious food accessible. The community cafes create an atmosphere of inclusion and non-bias in hopes of fostering a conversational meal expereince. The goal is to provide a “hand-up” rather than a “hand-out” by providing volunteer opportunities in return for a meal.
Recognizing the potential success of such a model, One World Everybody Eats mentors other groups hoping to start similar venues. The organization has helped to launch 30 community cafes and is mentoring over 50 other groups in the planning stages. A networking summit is also held every year for mentoring purposes. The upcoming annual summit will be help in Austin, Texas on January 18th-20th, 2014 where there will be expert mentoring, discussions, and tours of cafes in the host city.