Community Impact

People need to feed themselves, next they need to feed their own communities.
— Wendell Berry

AS OF 12/31/18

  • 63,590 meals have been served since we opened in July of 2015.

  • 22,172 meals served in 2018. A 13% increase from 2017.

  • 19,598 meals served in 2017. An increase of 27% from 2016.

  • An average of 66 meals are served per day in a three hour service. The record is 155 meals served in one day.


  • In 2018, 368 unduplicated volunteers have worked a total of 4,005 hours.

  • Of those, 177 unduplicated individuals worked 762 hours in exchange for a meal; 1,214 hours for required community service (court, housing, education); and 2,021 hours for voluntary community service.


  • To-date, average amount paid/donated for a meal: $8.50. The average ticket order is $13.20. Meaning, there is a gap of $4.70 between the suggested donation/price and what is actually being donated/paid. This is a reflection of our mission at work – people who are paying what they can or volunteering in exchange for a meal.

  • Currently, 55% of the Café’s annual budget comes from what people are donating/paying for their meals. We must raise the remaining 45% from individual donors, corporate sponsors, local, state, and national funders, and special events.

  • In-Café donations in exchange for a meal account for 55% of revenue, totaling $186,494.08 in 2018. In addition, Grace Café has the support of 501 individual donors, including 42 monthly sustaining donors. And, the Café receives support from 23 faith communities, and 32 national, state and local corporate partners and funders including: The City of Danville, Lift A Life Foundation, Clif Bar Family Foundation, The Hudson-Ellis Foundation, TJX Foundation, Hobart Corp., KY Welfare Foundation, Dana Corp. Foundation, Trim Masters Foundation, Community Trust Bank, Farmers National Bank, and the National Christian Foundation.


  • Since opening, Grace Café has invested $73,215.33 in local agriculture by buying direct from local farmers, growers, and artisan food producers.

  • Grace Café’s 2018 Operating Budget when broken down into four main categories, reflects the following expenses:

    • People – 48% ($164,659)

    • Food – 24% ($81,626)

    • Facility – 13% ($44,600)

    • Administration – 15% ($53,258)