Empowering People Through The Power of Food
Our pay-as-you-can, pay-it-forward model helps us to give people a hand up, not a hand out. When a
person no longer has to worry about where their next meal is coming from, they have the power to begin to create the life they see for themselves.
At Seeds, we help them do this through the act of sharing a meal, which goes beyond just creating community. It is our mission to bring people from all walks of life together, serve them locally-sourced healthy food, and encourage them to communicate and connect. Seeds is about honoring the humanity in each other, that which binds us to each other. We are about inclusion, regardless of status, education, or religious beliefs. It is about dignity and allowing those who cannot afford to pay for a meal the opportunity to volunteer in exchange for it. We never turn away a hungry person.
There are no prices on the menu, so everyone who comes into Seeds Community Café has three payment options: once you have placed your order, pay whatever you think is a fair price for your meal (includes an entrée, soup/salad and beverage); pay it forward by adding a couple of dollars more; or, volunteer an hour of service in the Café in exchange for your meal.
A community café is based on a “pay-as-you-can”, “pay-it-forward” model. There are currently more than 60 community cafés in the U.S., and one in the Netherlands. Currently, Colorado has the most community cafes (two in Denver, one in Fort Collins and Seeds in Colorado Springs). Each café has its own unique “personality” but all operate on the same basic premise: no one goes hungry.
When we cater, you do more than eat: You support our efforts to feed everyone, regardless of means. You are paying it forward. Seeds Sustainable Catering is a non-profit Social Enterprise established for the betterment of our community to support our Café and our mission.
The Local is available for both public and private bookings and money raised is used to help fund Seeds Community Café. We also work with school officials in area districts to use The Local as a mobile lab for students to learn not only about health and nutrition but also about entrepreneurial undertakings.
The Café is the heart of our mission to impact food insecurity. When you walk into Seeds Community Café for the first time, you may not know what it is that makes Seeds different from other restaurants. Certainly, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming; the menu is diverse and delicious. But when you sit down to a meal at Seeds, you are actually changing our little corner of the world, one meal at a time. We are donation-based and volunteer-driven.
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