Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thanks to all who came into HWC!

Healthy World Café aims to be 'accessible to all'
The community-based kitchen debuted at First Moravian Church in a new partnership.

Daily Record/Sunday News

York, PA - Cindy Plunkert moved through the food line at Healthy World Café at the Moravian Lunch Room with a wicker basket on one arm.

She filled the basket with spinach quiche, soups and apple crisp for her and two colleagues at Pressley Ridge in York. As she got ready to pay, volunteer Scott Simonds suggested a total of $22. What she paid at the community-based kitchen, was optional. Plunkert, 60, paid the suggested price and $5 more.
"I'm expecting good food," she said. "We really like to support the cause."

Healthy World Café opened Wednesday as a result of a partnership with the First Moravian Church in York. HWC aims to offer healthy meals made from local ingredients and has a pay-what-you-can system. People may pay the suggested price, more to support the nonprofit, or less by volunteering their time.

Chairman Sean Arnold said the nonprofit, which was established about two and a half years ago, had been looking for a location for the past year. The café won the 2011 YorIt Social Venture Challenge -- a $20,000 grant -- and had been promoting itself at events to raise awareness, fundraise and gain volunteers. Organizers wanted to start small, and they had difficulty finding a building that fit the nonprofit's price range.

Earlier this year, the Moravian Lunch Room at First Moravian Church -- which serves inexpensive food once a month as a way to raise its profile and provide the community with a meal -- knew it would lose some volunteers, making it difficult to continue the monthly event.

So the church and Healthy World Café teamed up.

"It was a good marriage," said the Rev. Steve Nicholas, coordinator of the Moravian Lunch Room. "We saw working with HWC as a way to continue offering a lunch at our church."

Arnold said 110 people attended lunch Wednesday. The menu offered spinach quiche with tomato sauce, asparagus and spring minestrone with chicken soups, salads, and apple crisp and dried fruit oatmeal cookies for dessert. Lime-and-arugula infused water and iced tea were free.

The café will open May 23 and every fourth Wednesday starting in September, with the possibility of staying open this summer. He said HWC hopes to eventually open twice a month. HWC's menu will change each month based on the availability of local produce in York, Lancaster and Adams counties.

Arnold said HWC bought most of the main ingredients for this lunch from local farmers and food vendors, including some from Central Market, Perrydell Farm Dairy and Round Barn.
"As we grow, we want to incorporate as many farms as possible," he said. Arnold said the church has been wonderful throughout the transition and that he hopes the community sees HWC as a viable nonprofit. "We want to sell and provide healthy alternatives that are accessible to all," he said.

If you go
What: Healthy World Café at the Moravian Lunch Room
When: 11:30 to 1 p.m. May 23 and every fourth Wednesday starting in September
Where: First Moravian Church, 39 N. Duke St. in York

The concept
Healthy World Café is a volunteer-based cafeteria-style kitchen that supports local farmers and aims to offer nutritious meals to people of all incomes. Chairman Sean Arnold said the nonprofit was established about two and a half years ago. Organizers modeled the café after the Salt Lake City community kitchen, One World Everybody Eats Café.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Introducing Healthy World Cafe at the Moravian Lunchroom!

Healthy World Cafe and the First Moravian Church are pleased to announce a new partnership, "HWC at the Moravian Lunchroom."  This partnership will allow Healthy World Cafe to open on a regular basis downtown and build upon the success of the Moravian Lunchroom outreach initiative.

Healthy World Cafe will open to greet customers on Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., in the community hall of First Moravian Church, at 41 N. Duke St.  Fresh, local, delicious food will be available, keeping with the mission of the Healthy World Cafe: "to prepare healthy, local food for all," the cost is never to be a barrier for anyone. Patrons will pay what they are able, and be provided with the opportunity to volunteer at the café in exchange for a great meal.

Healthy World Cafe will also be open May 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the First Moravian Church location, and then will open more frequently in the summer months to take advantage of York County's abundant summer harvest.

Menu for 4/25: Greek Salad with Orzo and Black-Eyed Peas; Mixed Green Salad with Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Dried Cranberries; Spinach Quiche;  Spring Minestrone Soup with Chicken Meatballs; Leek, Potato, and Tarragon Soup; and Oatmeal Cookies with Mixed Dried Fruit.  All menu items are available in "to-go" containers. (And of course, menu items are always based on what's fresh, available, in-season locally, so ingredients may change.  Farmers dictate our menu!)

To access the Healthy World Cafe dining room, follow the walkway around the left side of First Moravian Church toward the rear of the building.  There you'll see the entrance and be welcomed by volunteers.  Signs will be posted to direct you.

If you are interested in joining volunteers from HWC and First Moravian Church in helping with food preparation, serving, or any other volunteer opportunity with HWC, call 814-8204 or e-mail us at healthyworldcafe(at)

You may also visit Healthy World Cafe at two upcoming events in #iloveyorkcity: Go Green in the City, April 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. along N. Beaver St. and at the Olde York Street Fair on May 13, 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. along E. Market St. (in front of First Presbyterian Church).  We'll have local, healthy, delicious food available for sale, all proceeds will further the mission of HWC to open a permanent location downtown.

The YorIT Social Venture Fund of York County Community Foundation is a key source of support for the Healthy World Cafe.