For Immediate Release
July 13, 2015
Contact: Rochelle Bayless, Executive Director
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Kentucky’s First Nonprofit Pay-What-You-Can Community Café Announces Grand Opening
(Danville, KY) Grace Café, Inc., Kentucky’s first nonprofit pay-what-you-can community café, announces its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm both days. The Grand Opening event will feature a locally sourced brunch menu and an invitational exhibit of nine local artists. The exhibit includes photography, mixed media, painting, sculpture, and drawing, all of which will be on sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Café.
The Café is located at 219 S. 4th Street and will be open from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday for lunch/brunch services beginning Wednesday, July 22. Grace Café’s menu will rotate daily and weekly, featuring farm-to-table cuisine. Grace Café is committed to serving fresh, locally sourced and organic food with the ultimate goal of fostering a more vibrant, healthy, and economically strong community.
The Café, part of the national One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) community café movement, aims to end food insecurity in Danville and Boyle County by allowing patrons to make a donation for their meal rather than paying a set price, upholding the mantra that “If your pockets are full, pay a bit more. If your pockets are light, pay what you can. If your pockets are empty, enjoy a delicious meal in exchange for an hour of volunteer time.” Grace Café offers an innovative, delicious and dignified approach to hunger charity by extending a hand-up and not a hand out.
According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger charity organization, one in four of Danville’s 16,000 residents fall below the poverty rate, and 16.4% of adults and 22.3% of children in Boyle County are considered food insecure. The USDA measures and defines food insecurity as: “a lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”
Executive Director Rochelle Bayless says she’s eager to see the work of the last year and a half finally come to fruition. “I am filled with gratitude for our Board of Directors and Community Advisors, our donors, volunteers, and the generosity and support of our wonderful community – without them, none of this would be possible,” she says. “I am excited and eager to welcome the community into this beautiful space that we’ve created and taste the food that we are preparing from scratch using the very best local ingredients.”
Dr. Daniel Kirchner, professor of Philosophy and Food Ethics at Centre College and Grace Café’s Board President, echoes this sentiment. “Over the last 19 months countless volunteers and community members have given of their time, talents, energy and love to get us to this opening moment. With the continued support of the community, Grace Café will eliminate food insecurity and hunger in Danville while supporting and developing ties with local farmers and food producers,” he says. “As a community, we can solve hunger by supporting Grace Café and attending to the needs in Danville with our own talents and resources. In doing so, we join a growing international movement to develop healthy local food options for those most in need, and to feed everyone with dignity and grace.”
Grace Café is also pleased to welcome Chef Cory Stateler to the team. Originally from Indiana, Cory lives in Danville and has more than 20 years of experience in the food industry. Recently, Cory spent a weekend in Jackson, TN at ComeUnity Café, volunteering in the kitchen and seeing the operation firsthand. He was inspired by the dedication with which they approached their own mission and their emphasis on supporting local farms. He says he’s excited to implement the same philosophy at Grace Café after learning more about the need for healthy and nutritious food in Boyle County. “We plan to support local farmers and artisans by sourcing all of our ingredients, as best we can, from the Bluegrass,” he says. “No matter how full or empty your pockets are, you can come to the Café and we guarantee you’ll enjoy a delicious, healthy and fresh meal.”
In addition to more than 200 individual donors and volunteers who have made a commitment to Grace Café’s start-up efforts, the Café’s “Graceful Sponsors” include: Community Trust Bank, Farmer’s National Bank, Stith Funeral Home, Maple Tree Gallery, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Ace Hardware, Sherwin-Williams of Danville, and Builder’s Supply in Stanford.
For more information about Grace Café, its mission, vision, core values and food insecurity in our community, visit www.gracecafeky.org. Follow @GraceCafeky on Twitter, and like on Facebook. To learn more about the One World Everybody Eats Foundation and the community café movement, visit www.oneworldeverybodyeats.org.