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Background

Muslims Against Hunger’s feeding program will be called “Breaking Bread with our Neighbors at One World Community Café ”. This community-feeding program branded as “Free Halal Hot and Healthy Meals for All” will be available to all guests for a suggested small donation and of course there will be no charge for anyone who does not have any money. People who can afford to pay extra will help subsidize those less fortunate.

The “Robin Hood” model aims to end hunger and waste and help bind local communities, a vision of Denise Cerreta, founder of One World Everybody Eats Café in downtown Salt Lake City. In New Jersey the soup kitchen called Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick is utilizing this model and this kind of feeding program.

Meals are prepared at One World Community Cafe by volunteers and professional chefs and served Monday to Friday. The Café will help the hungry by letting patrons name their price and select the portions to cut down on waste. The guest will be able to pay more or less than the suggested price of a meal — or opt for that day’s complimentary community meal, which will cost nothing at all.

The feeding program will be like a soup kitchen and restaurant rolled in one. Part of an emerging trend around the country, and the food will be nutritious and largely from local sources. The One World Community Café will use mostly food from local farms and its own community garden (Go Green Phillipsburg). It will also use composts for all food scraps and acts as a community forum by hosting talks on health and nutrition and live performances by local artists.

 

Purpose

  1. To provide day-time shelter and a safe environment for those looking to get off the streets
  2. To provide hot meals to those in need
  3. To provide a legal mailing address
  4. To provide a place to receive phone calls and messages
  5. To provide free internet access and a in-house library
  6. To become a clothing center for families
  7. To have a safe place to store personal belongings
  8. To provide employment support and job training programs
  9. To provide social services and counseling programs
  10. To provide information and referral services
  11. To become a center for charity incubator projects
  12. To reduce food carbon footprint by using compost for all food scraps
  13. To respond to the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Challenge by making zero hunger integral to the 2030 Agenda
    1. Goal 2 – “Zero Hunger” to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.”
    2. Goal 12 calls on member states to “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” and includes a target on global food waste and loss

 

Timeline

  1. Lease signed Nov 2015
  2. Site prep starts Feb 20th 2016 with pre-opening event
  3. Project Presentation Campaign
  4. Health Department inspection – April 1st 2016
  5. Open House for local community – Every Saturday
  6. Formal launch with all stake holders, local and state officials
  7. Clean up and prep for first meal service – April/May 2016
  8. First meal service – June 12th 2016