Citywide Banks next Facebook Fan Vote for its Quarterly Hand-Up Charity Donation will take place from September 8-20, 2011. This is the first of five charities that will be spotlighted leading up to this quarter’s Fan Vote.
Poor families often go hungry. And low-wage workers, struggling to get by on two or three jobs, subsist on Value meals, chips, and soda: whatever is cheap and fast.
Brad and Libby Birky, founders of So All May Eat (SAME) Café wanted to change that. Six days a week, in a Colfax Avenue storefront, they serve homemade, organic meals at a pay-what-you-can price. Offerings include bacon and date pizza to carrot soup; spinach salad to pepperoni pizza. Nobody is turned away.
Since 2006, SAME Café has served thousands of meals. Some customers are attorneys, teachers and students at East High. For others – day laborers, single Moms, temp workers – SAME Café is a lifeline.
“We hear from people who have experienced hard times,” said Brad Birky, founder. “SAME café allowed them to eat when they were struggling to pay their bills, put gas in their car.”
Birky figures one meal costs $6 to prepare. But diners donate an average of just $4 per meal, leaving a gap. With $500 from Citywide Banks, Birky isn’t sure if he’d buy a week’s worth of organic groceries; repair the fridge; or fix the broken ice machine.
But he knows this: “For many people who come in here, this is their one chance to eat.”
SAME Cafe is one of five Denver charities nominated to receive Citywide Banks $500 Quarterly Hand-Up Donation. Ready to vote for the SAME Cafe? Visit Citywide’s Facebook Fan Page at Facebook.com/citywidebanks and become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button. Fans will be eligible to vote for their charity choice from September 8 – 20, 2011. Stay tuned to this blog for spotlights on the other nominated charities.
Learn more about how to make your own cash donation or volunteer your time to Denver’s SAME Cafe at www.soallmayeat.org.