Our Story: A hand up, not a hand out.

Grace Café, located at 219 S. 4th Street in Danville, KY, is a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to serving delicious, fresh, locally-sourced, organic-when-possible, highly-nutritious food for everyone in our community regardless of their ability to pay.

Grace Café  was featured on a recent episode of KET's The Local Traveler with host Amy Hess. Click to play.

The first of its kind in Kentucky, Grace Café takes a new and innovative approach to solving hunger and food insecurity by giving everybody in our community access to a locally sourced, fresh, healthy meal. Supported by in-Café donations, fundraising, and volunteerism. Grace Café offers our neighbors in need a hand up not a hand out by inviting folks to participate in our mission through the daily running of the Café. 

The Café’s daily changing menu does not have set prices, but rather a suggested donation amount for each item. Folks are asked to either “pay and pay-it-forward” for the next person, pay-what-you-can, or volunteer for 30 minutes in exchange for a meal. Cash donations are made anonymously, preserving the dignity of folks who may not have enough. People who can afford to “pay-it-forward” have the opportunity to help their neighbors; folks who “pay-what-you-can” have the opportunity to eat a healthy, delicious and locally sourced meal with dignity; and folks with nothing have the opportunity to work in exchange for a meal.

Our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity.