Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to participate in the summit this year. However, we will continue to strengthen our efforts by continuing to engage with this organization and with local resources. We are so thankful for everyone who contributed! All funds raised through this campaign will be used to keep the cafe open Wednesdays and Thursdays (with more days to come during the summer!)
Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions! For the latest updates on the cafe, please check Instagram and Facebook @destinycommunitycafe.
The cafe is always in need of resources! To keep up to date with current needs at the cafe, please check out this campaign:
Thank you so much, and many blessings to you all! <3
Help Destiny Community Cafe attend the annual One World Everybody Eats Summit of Community Cafes in Forth Worth, Texas!
One World Everybody Eats is a nonprofit organization that helps support a network of over 60 nationwide pay-what-you-can community cafes through education, collaboration, best practice sharing, and networking opportunities. Their annual summit brings together these cafes to share successes and learn ways to strengthen their organizations to ensure food security for all!
Destiny Community Cafe, a member of One World Everybody Eats, is South Carolina’s first pay-what-you-can cafe and the only one operating in the greater Charleston area, serving an average of 50 meals a day to people regardless of ability to pay since 2015. While the cafe has been generously supported by community members, most of its operations has been self-funded by Executive Director, Ragina Saunders, through her family business Scotts Grand. However, essentially running two businesses at all hours has been extremely taxing to her health, and she hopes to focus her time and energies on loving her community through Destiny Cafe. This, combined with the fact that the need for healthy food in our area is greater than ever, means now is a critical time to further grow and develop this community resource!
Through the Summit of Community Cafes, we hope to pick up on tools we can use to further grow and develop Destiny Community Cafe in a way that is sustainable (both financially and environmentally) and community-oriented, respecting the life and dignity of everyone who walks through its doors.
Here is a list of some topics covered in workshops at the summit:
Linkages between food waste and nutrition
How to navigate some mental health challenges cafes might encounter
Tools to nurture people’s bodies and souls
Understanding nonprofit board governance to sustain a healthy organization
How to implement long-term sustainability in the pay-what-you-can model
How to hire and train staff and volunteers for success
Tools for successful nonprofit management such as data management, strategic planning, and team building
How to create financial and organizational stability
How to create scalable social impact in the face of gentrification
Understanding various donation models and how they promote dignity
How will the money be spent?
Below are the estimated costs for two Destiny Community Cafe members to attend the conference. Every effort will be made to find the best deals possible. As the conference is rapidly approaching, the sooner we can meet our goal, the better! Please don’t be shy with giving - any excess funds will go directly to support the cafe!
Estimated Conference Costs for Two:
Plane Tickets: $1,000
Conference Registration: $300
Cafe Membership Fee: $100
Food and Accommodations: $1,000 (for 5 nights and 6 days*)
Misc Travel: $50 Total: $2450
*To take advantage of all the summit has to offer, plus visit local food hub sites, trade information, learn new recipes, etc.
What makes Destiny Community Cafe special?
Healthy, seasonal foods - providing local and organic where possible, working closely with local farms
Vegan/Vegetarian options daily
Prevention of food waste daily
Community Table – We have larger tables where individuals and small groups can sit with others and make a larger group that can cross social, economic, and other societal boundaries
And, of course, pay-what-you-can pricing with the option of volunteering services
Transformations, Interviewing World Changers Interview:
Natural Awakenings Magazine Article: https://issuu.com/toniowenconover/docs/na_charleston_1118_hi_res_with_link/14?ff
WCBD News 2 Video:
Charleston City Paper Article:
What are other ways you can help Destiny Community Cafe?
Come for lunch! Destiny Community Café operates with seasonal hours and is currently open Wednesday and Thursdays 11am-1pm. Diners pay what they can afford - no one is turned away! If you are unable to donate you may do volunteer work.
Spread the word! Let 5 people know about this campaign. Reach out to your community - your church, your yoga studio, your friends....
Contribute to our donation wish list:
Hot and Cold Buffet Unit on wheels
Commercial Pots, Pans, Servingwares, Flatwares Convection Oven, Vitamix, Steamers, more Prep Tables
Mobile Pull Trailer for Off-site locations
Plastic Gloves, Trash Bags 33gal, Toiletries
Other Supplies: We shop for regular commercial supplies with one of our partnered restaurant supply stores in North Charleston, SC, "FRS Charleston" which also has a supply donation bin for the cafe. https://www.gofrs.com/
Donations may also be sent to:
DESTINY COMMUNITY OUTREACH, INC.
5060 Dorchester Rd, Suite 320
N. Charleston, SC 29418
DESTINY COMMUNITY OUTREACH, INC. is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code operating as Destiny Community Cafe. Contributions to this organization are tax-deductible.
5060 Dorchester Road Suite 320North Charleston, South Carolina
Seasonal Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-1pm (Help us stay open longer by donating! :-D )