Dear Friend ,

Over the last several months, Elijah's Promise has seen steady growth in the number of guests seeking meals, social services and emergency shelter at our Community Soup Kitchen. We have been allocating additional resources to meet this demand. To this end, a strategic decision has been made with the board's approval to consolidate our operations. Two of our social enterprises -- Better World Cafe and Better World Market --will be closed, enabling us to meet the increasing demands in our core operations.  The Better World Market closing is scheduled for February 21, 2016 and the Better World Café closing is scheduled for March 4, 2016. These ventures may continue operating under new ownership and management. We will update you with additional information as it becomes available.

Welcome to A Better World Café, opened since Oct. 21, 2009. This is a community kitchen, currentlyserving lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The café’s purpose is to help make a sustainable world where all may eat.  Our menu is seasonal and always changing.  Here’s our menu. You select your portions and pay a fair price through one of the following options:
  • You may pay the suggested price or something different. If you pay more, you will help feed someone else who has more limited resources.
  • You may volunteer an hour of time in exchange for a meal.
  • You may dine on the complimentary dish of the day if you can neither pay nor volunteer.
  • You may use the complimentary dish as one of your selections when you are selecting multiple items, to help keep your total cost down.

A New Kind of Cafe

This social enterprise, a partnership between Elijah's Promise and Who Is My Neighbor? Inc., hopes to make healthy eating accessible and affordable for all. A Better World Cafe follows a community cafe model pioneered by Denise Cerreta of One World Everybody Eats in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Visit this site to view a list of all community cafes in the United States.

This new kind of cafe reduces food waste, since customers choose their own portion sizes.  All our to-go containers are biodegradable.  It helps global neighbors because the coffees and teas are fairly traded. The  cafe uses seasonal foods--grown, cooked, and served in ways that make sense for the environment and for the customer's budget.

Community Outreach

Creating livable wage jobs, the cafe employs skilled workers who have been trained at Elijah's Promise Culinary School, and also utilizes volunteers -- some working in exchange for food, others just pitching in to create sustainable eating for all.

On-the-job training and employment opportunities for low-income adults and youth are built into the operation. An array of healthy eating choices helps provide the dietary means for people to improve health and reduce obesity, developing a healthier community.

A Better World Cafe Blog

The best way to keep up with the cafe is by reading the blog, facebook and/or twitter, where you will receive all the latest news, events, menus, and changes.