Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Grace Cafe

Peace, Love & Local Food

aka Grace Cafe

DANVILLE, KY

Mission

The mission of Grace Café is to end hunger & food insecurity in Boyle County, KY by providing healthy and delicious food to all who walk through our door. We will welcome and serve our patrons in a respectful and dignified manner, regardless of their ability to pay.

Ruling Year

2014

Principal Officer

Ms. Rochelle Bayless

Main Address

P.O. Box 2384

DANVILLE, KY 40423 USA

Keywords

Food, Grace, Love, Dignity. Enjoy!

EIN

47-1064974

 Number

1224859752

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Grace Cafe works to solve and alleviate food insecurity in Danville and Boyle County, Kentucky. In Boyle County, 15% of all residents and 18% of children are considered food insecure. Additionally, poverty is a real issue in our community: 55% of residents fall below SNAP's threshold of 130% below poverty.

Our programs

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Our Results

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Context notes

We do not have the values paid to the local farmers for the first half of the first year we were open.

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Preserving the dignity for customers who cannot pay for their meal is the hallmark of community cafes. This vital part of our mission certainly presents challenges in measuring the long-term impact on people's lives. Yet, we point to the growing success of the community café movement - more than 50 cafes operating successfully across the country - to help us know that Grace Café can and will make a difference in fighting local hunger. By evaluating its impact, Grace Café can improve on its business practices and expand its reach to those in need. The Cafe will strive to provide measurements whenever possible, including gathering statistics in the following ways: 1) Number of meals served 2) Volunteer hours logged 3) Funds spent on fresh food from local farmers 4) Money spent in the community 5) Number of visitors to the Café, whether eating or just visiting 6) Donations received through both fundraising and the donation box Success beyond the numbers will be measured qualitatively through observations and collecting comments in writing through a comment box, including: 1) Improved knowledge about healthy food choices among Grace Café patrons 2) Learning to enjoy healthy foods by having the opportunity to taste recipes and dishes prepared by a professional chef 3) Providing the entire community an opportunity to participate in eliminating hunger, through donations made in exchange for a meal 4) Encouraging a change in attitude by people seeking assistance from one of dependency and entitlement to one of dignity by paying for their meal through small donations or volunteer labor 5) Setting a successful example for the community café movement in Kentucky and spurring projects throughout the state.

The local food pantry is no longer just about meeting the emergency need for food. It has become a way for people to meet the ongoing, chronic need of not having enough resources to feed themselves and their families. Chronic use of an emergency food source is inherently undignified and ultimately unsustainable. Human dignity is at the heart of this issue. People turn to food banks not because they want to but because they have to. Grace Café seeks to empower the community to take control of its hunger and nutritional challenges, by creating an opportunity for everyone to participate and to gain knowledge about the problem and solutions. Grace Café deals with the larger issue of social justice - helping people up and out of dependency and entitlement and promoting healthy lifestyles for all. Grace Café is different from other emergency food sources in several important ways: * People who are hungry can eat with dignity because there is no distinction from a customer that can pay and one who can't. A donation box allows people to give what they can. * People have the opportunity to pay for their food by serving as volunteers while also learning job skills in the food industry. * Customers only eat what they need or want which drastically reduces waste. * Everyone receives a meal that is nutritious and made from local sources. All meals are prepared using organic, when possible, and unprocessed foods. Customers will learn how nutritious, fresh foods can be delicious, hopefully changing their eating habits over time. * Finally, those who can contribute money for their meal have the ability to help those who can't simply by choosing how much they will put in the donation box. Everyone who comes to Grace Café can participate in alleviating hunger.

Although the first of its kind in Kentucky, Grace Café is based on the well-established business model developed by One World Everybody Eats Foundation (OWEE). The Foundation was created by Denise Cerrata who spearheaded the community café movement in 2003 with the opening of One World Café in Salt Lake City. Since then, Denise and the Foundation have provided technical assistance and financial support for groups in more than 50 communities who opened their own pay-what-you can cafes. In 2013, Danville became the next community to begin efforts to open a community café. The development of Grace Café has involved a strategic and carefully-planned process to ensure success from the start. It has utilized both the Spirit in Business Guide from OWEE and guides for planning and implementation provided by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. A board of directors has been in place since mid-2014 and a fundraising plan was launched. The location has undergone renovation to create the perfect atmosphere for people to engage in this transformational initiative to address hunger. Volunteers have played a significant role in bringing the project to fruition with countless hours spent planning, fundraising, and preparing the kitchen and dining areas for guests.

Current goals focus on both financial sustainability and increasing the number of food insecure people we are able to assist. In 2016, the Café served as an average of 57 meals per day. Over the next 12 months, we are striving to serve 14,400 meals, based on an average of 60 meals per day, and to increase volunteer hours from 3,442 to 4,000. Donations received for meals are the major source of income and currently account for 62.3% of revenue with a goal of reaching 75% self-sustaining. Other objectives include: providing people with the opportunity to learn about healthy food choices; encouraging a change in attitude by people seeking assistance from one of dependency and entitlement to one of dignity and to provide work experience for the unemployed.

Grace Café is not only feeding hungry residents of Danville and Boyle County, it is demonstrating how to prepare delicious meals with fresh, nutritious foods and encouraging people to improve their eating habits for lifelong health. The Café officially opened in July thanks to the support of more than 100 individuals, businesses and churches that rallied to support the project. In just one month, we served 1,334 meals and had 105 volunteers who worked 315 hours to serve the public.

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Financials

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No