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Seeds Community Café Reduces Food Waste, Feeds Hungry

by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:

If you want to eat local, in season, often-organic food at a local café in Colorado, you can. And guess what? It doesn’t matter if you can’t pay. Seeds Community Café has a pay-as-you-can, pay-it-forward model that helps people with what they call a ‘hand-up,’ not a hand-out.

The café brings all walks of life together in a way that supports the environment, and sustainable agriculture, too.

The cafe never turns away a hungry person.

Seeds Community Café founder Lyn Harwell says that after working in the food and hospitality industries, he became overwhelmed by the amount of help needed from individuals, as well as the number of those who were actually food insecure. He was also shocked at how much food was wasted in the hospitality industry. He merged the two and came up with the idea for Seeds.

About 1 in 6 people in America are defined as ‘food insecure,’ which means that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Approximately 17.5 million households either don’t have access to or can’t afford enough food to eat. Surely, Seeds Community Café is making a dent in that number, for the better. [1]

The cafe is similar to other businesses either recently popping up or having been established for years now. SAME café, short for So All May Eat, started 10 years ago in Denver, Colorado with a simple premise. The food served was to be mostly organic and locally-sourced, and if you couldn’t pay for it – well, that doesn’t matter. They just ask that you give what you can, and volunteer to help out

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