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Knead Community Cafe is a Pay-As-You-Can Cafe.

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Knead Community Café Business Plan

Knead Community Cafe, in downtown New Kensington, will offer healthy dining selections using fresh, locally sourced, minimally processed ingredients, in a setting where patrons can enjoy nutritious eating regardless of one’s ability to pay. It is our hope that the café will promote a sense of shared concern for our neighbors and given the opportunity to break bread together, a stronger community can be forged in many ways.
 

As a charitable 501 (c) (3) organization the Knead Café is a nonprofit social enterprise. 
 

I. Introduction  
The café’s downtown location borders an economically distressed area of the city of New Kensington. According to the latest census data, some of New Kensington / Arnold neighborhoods are among the poorest in the entire state of Pennsylvania.  Two major features of the café are its adaptable changing menu, based on sustainable seasonal foods, and flexible pricing options which make it affordable for all people.  A pay-what-you-can system, which includes the option of volunteering in exchange for a meal, creates a supportive dining climate where all will be treated with dignity in a non judgmental environment.  The café is modeled on a concept that was started by an organization called One World Everybody Eats and has been replicated in other cities around the country. Patron control over selections and portions leads to a situation in which little waste is generated.  Patrons cooperatively participate in determining a fair price for their meal. If the minimum price cannot be paid, the opportunity to work for your meal will be available.   The majority of the café workers will be community volunteers so that the number of paid staff can be minimized thus reducing operation costs. Pay rates for the paid employees will be at a livable wage. The café will operate on a regular basis 5 days per week for lunch time meals. There will be times when the café is open on evenings or weekends for special events and fund-raising efforts. It is the hope of Knead Community Café that 70% of its daily operating expenses will be met by customers who pay for their meal. The remainder of the budget will be funded by ongoing fund-raising efforts of the community involved with the café.    

II. Mission Statement  
To create an inviting community space where all are welcome.  To offer well prepared meals using healthy ingredients, sustainable and fresh whole foods as much as possible. To make this dining opportunity available to everyone by using the “Pay-What-You Can” model which encourages everyone to eat a delicious and nutritious meal regardless of means.   

Goals:  
•         To provide wholesome, nourishing and delectable meals available to all inadvertent of cost. •         Partnering with local chefs to bring creative healthy meals to the public.
•         To reduce food waste and eliminate food insecurity in the local community  
•         Becoming a vital community partner by providing a comfortable environment and sharing hospitality with everyone.
•         To open our café to other community partners as a means for fundraising through dining, with the same goal in mind; giving back to those who need.
•         To encourage charitable giving by providing community benefactors the opportunity to assist neighbors by paying forward as well as allowing patrons to volunteer in exchange for their meal.
•         Have a working kitchen that trains volunteers in a restaurant environment so that individuals can gain the necessary skills to seek employment in the food industry.
 
•         To strive to be green and minimize our carbon footprint through recycling and reducing food waste.  

III. Business Description  
Knead Community Cafe is dedicated to alleviating food insecurity and promoting a healthy community in New Kensington / Arnold. KCC will be a place where the public can gather for a healthy, high quality meal, asking only that you pay the minimum price or volunteer at the café to pay for your meal. KCC will give all guests a comfortable, relaxed environment in which to enjoy their meal. Knead Community Cafe is where families and community can come together to enjoy a meal with new or old friends. KCC is dedicated to removing social stigmas of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, education, disability, or anything else that makes us different from others. KCC will be about bringing the community together.

KCC will only have 2 paid staff initially and the rest will be volunteers to handle day to day operations. The Café will also provide training in food preparation and handling skills for select volunteers to take with them into other areas of the food service industry. The paid employees will be paid a living wage, and will be treated fairly and valued as partners who make a significant impact on the community. 
This concept has been tested and proven successful.  There are 50+ existing cafes currently in operation with another 20+ in some stage of development planning to open nationally and now worldwide. The main mission of OWEE is to provide support, technical help, and peer mentoring to assist café operators succeed utilizing the pay as you can model.  Members of the Knead Community Café core group have partnered with OWEE and have received a wealth of information and insight that will assist in getting the KCC café up and running. 

IV. Products and Services  
The food served at Knead Community Cafe will be nutritious, healthy, and tasty.  KCC will use the Pay-What-You-Can- or the option to volunteer in exchange for a meal to demonstrate to patrons the fact that there is enough food for all. Since KCC is a nonprofit the focus can be on delivering nutritious, healthy, tasty food without being motivated by profit.
 
Knead Community Café offers food that is:
·         fresh food, prepared in small batches
·         minimally processed, seasonal foods
·         locally-grown fruits and vegetables, whenever possible
·         antibiotic-free and hormone-free meat and dairy when possible
·         served in great variety, with recipes from many cultures
·         vegan, gluten, and dairy free options when possible
·         in self-selected portion sizes, helping to reduce food waste    

KCC will hire a full time chef who will be compensated from the monthly budget. Occasionally, KCC hopes to have guest Chef’s work in the café and help with special events for fundraising purposes through the meals prepared in the cafe.   Knead Community Café will be open Monday thru Friday, from 11 am until 2pm.  During the week KCC will be open for lunch only. For special events the Café may open for an evening or weekend meal.  

We are currently in a capital campaign to raise $350,000 for renovations. We know that or restaurant will be serving a great need in our community. But, It is also our hope that our cafe will be a spark for redevelopment  in downtown New Kensington.







Submitted

Nov 28 2016

Organization Organization Type

Nonprofit

Challenge

Healthy Food

Product Name

Knead Community Cafe

Product Stage

Concept

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  • Kevin Bode
  • Mary Bode
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51 Comments

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Tara Anderson

4 months ago

Much needed for our community. God Bless!
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angelo dicello

4 months ago

I pray that all your hard work and plans come together.
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Liz Dubnicay

4 months ago

This is wonderful and is so needed in our community. I hope to see this come to fruition and remain a center of our community for years.
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Irene Tyger

4 months ago

Congratulations New Kensington. I can imagine this endeavor was a monumental labor of love
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Rhonda Jacox

4 months ago

Great idea for revitalizing the community.
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Kendra Buelow Kitko

4 months ago

Great concept! I can't wait to visit
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Lyndsey Stirland

4 months ago

So very excited for this! Much needed for our community. Can't wait to volunteer!
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Colleen Smith

4 months ago

Wonderful effort. Excited to see this coming together. Looking forward to having lunch there soon!
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William Simpson

4 months ago

A great idea has come to fruition and the community is very thankful!!!
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Shelby Wlodarczyk

4 months ago

Thank you for creating this space where we can come together as a community. I am looking forward to seeing all that is to come.
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Judi Donatelli Contes

4 months ago

This will be a blessing for our community.
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Rachel

4 months ago

What a blessing this will be to our community!
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Nicky Fowler

4 months ago

I can't wait for the Knead Cafe to come to our community! It is so very needed here.
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Bill Kennedy

4 months ago

This will be a huge shot in the arm for the New Kensington community.
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Sean Bridgen

4 months ago

Thank you for investing in our community.
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Joe

4 months ago

You guys are a true inspiration to the community
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Nicole Kitchens

4 months ago

This would be wonderful for the community!
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Laura Hirth

4 months ago

Great idea; well thought out plan.
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PQ Bayne

4 months ago

Our city needs this, can't wait!
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maria guzzo

4 months ago

After decades of neglect by business owners, landlords and real estate developers created a dearth of economic activity downtown, the Bodes’ social entrepreneurism will help New Kensington rise again. Hopefully, other brave souls will follow their lead.
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maria guzzo

4 months ago

After years of neglect by business owners, landlords and real estate developers created a dearth of economic activity downtown, the Bodes' social entrepreneurism will help New Ken rise again. Hopefully, more brave souls will follow their lead.
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Diane Baker

4 months ago

Such a worthy cause . Hope they win!
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Linda Acre Kelley

4 months ago

This will make such a huge difference in our community. Blessings to those who are working toward opening this facility. My family will be supporting it.
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Amber Sylvester

4 months ago

Thank you for your hard work and dedication
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Jim

4 months ago

A terrific idea to bring people from all walks of life back to downtown NK! So glad to hear the buzz growing for projects in this community.
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Jim

4 months ago

This is a terrific idea that will help make downtown NK a welcoming place for people from all walks of life. So good to see the buzz starting to build for projects in New Ken!
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Gina McDermott

4 months ago

This community "kneads" the Knead Cafe!! Many prayers and well wishes to everyone involved in making it happen!!
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Larry Martin

4 months ago

The Holy Spirit is active in New Kensington PA and the Knead Cafe is Proof!
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Larry Martin

4 months ago

The Holy Spirit is active in New Kensington PA and the Knead Cafe is proof!
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Heather Werkeiser

4 months ago

Wonderful people providing a wonderful service!
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Jerry Bode

4 months ago

This is a wonderful idea to regenerate any neighborhood. Blessings to all involved.
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Pam Giesler

4 months ago

Wonderful cause, wonderful people.
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Sandy Laney

4 months ago

Your hearts are made of gold, and we stand beside you with this ever so needed endeavor!
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Mary M. Czemerda

4 months ago

Hope you win.
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Mary M. Czemerda

4 months ago

Hope you win.
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Maureen Riley

4 months ago

Best wishes on being in the running for this prize. I hope that you win.
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Stephen Christian-Michaels

4 months ago

This will really help the revitalization of New Kensington and provide a community center for people to meet. I can't wait to see this restaurant opens.
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Teri Hewitt

4 months ago

Great mission project!
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Colleen Clark-Sulava

4 months ago

Would like to see this project anchor a renewal of our area!
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Renee Kymer

4 months ago

Sounds great. This area needs something like this. New Kensington and Arnold used to be a great place to live and shop.
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Colleen Smith

4 months ago

Looking forward to lunching there!
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PMTHAwk

4 months ago

These are 2 of the most unselfish and generous people I know. They are always putting other people and causes ahead of themselves. That is why I hope the Knead Cafe is a success for the very needing community of New Kensington and the surrounding areas.
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Mal Zellefrow

4 months ago

The best people in the community if not the world putting this together. God Bless them for their excellent work!
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Wendy Cibula

4 months ago

This is a great idea. Good luck.
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Sean

4 months ago

This community is in dire need of a positive influence like this -- thank you for pushing forward!
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Nēssa Gregg

4 months ago

This is an absolutely amazing opportunity to greatly impact our community in such a positive way!
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sharon coutch

4 months ago

We are really looking forward to dining at the Knead Cafe. God Bless to the Bodes for taking on the project!
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Mary Ingram

4 months ago

Beauty-full! Wonder-full! May the Lord send His angels before you on this journey of love. mary ingram
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Mary Ingram

4 months ago

Beauty-full! Wonder-full! May the Lord send His angels before you every step of the way on this blessed journey of love.
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Sam. Ooper

4 months ago

The Bodes are the living meaning of giving of time talent and treasure! God bless them and all who are working so hard to bring this cafe on line.
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Lynn Errico

4 months ago

I pray this "takes off". So, many ppl and families can use a hand up.

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