Thursday, August 28, 2014

Donor offers $4,000 match challenge for Healthy World Cafe's IndieGoGo campaign!

UPDATE: We reached our match challenge! And, our IndieGoGo campaign has been extended until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30, 2014. You can help us reach out $15,000 goal -- please consider donating today.

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Since we launched our IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign three weeks ago, we've seen great support from friends of Healthy World Cafe and generous community members. Thank you to all who have donated and are helping our vision of a full-time community cafe come to life in downtown York.

This week, we have some very exciting news to announce:

An anonymous donor has offered a $4,000, dollar-for-dollar match challenge!

There is no better time to donate -- the match challenge effectively doubles the impact of your contribution, putting Healthy World Cafe not one but two steps closer to opening our doors five days a week.

Let's rise to the challenge!

Donate today at

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Healthy World Cafe will be open for lunch Wednesday, Aug. 27!

We have been floored and beyond grateful by the contributions coming in for our IndieGoGo campaign, which launched Aug. 5 and aims to raise $15,000 toward construction and renovations at out 24 S. George St. location. We're very ready to be open full time in downtown York and be part of the great energy going on here!

If you haven't yet, please consider donating to the campaign. Every donation counts, and we can't do it without our tremendous supporters -- you!

If all that supporting makes you hungry… Healthy World Cafe will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at First Moravian Church, 41 N. Duke St., York, where we'll be serving up delicious, locally sourced eats.

Check out our menu!

-- Chicken Salad -- A Healthy World Cafe favorite with cranberries and locally raised chicken. Served with focaccia or on a bed of greens.
-- Curried Egg Salad -- Made with raisins, cilantro and cucumber in a creamy curry dressing. Served with focaccia or on a bed of greens (VEGETARIAN).
-- Fresh Fruit Salad -- Celebrate York County peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, berries and plums tossed with refreshing mint, lime and local honey.
-- Gazpacho -- Back by request. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and fresh herbs blended for a smooth, invigorating summer soup. Served with an optional dollop of sour cream (VEGAN).
-- Pesto Pasta with Ratatouille -- August begs for this hearty seasonal stew made with basil, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and black olives. Served over pasta tossed in our zippy basil pesto. (VEGETARIAN. VEGAN AND PASTA-FREE AVAILABLE.)
-- Honey Roasted Tomatoes and Hummus -- Served over your choice of focaccia or a bed of greens (VEGETARIAN).
-- Dried Fruit and Oatmeal Cookies -- A Healthy World Cafe staple!

Of course, our menu is always based on what's available from our farmer friends, so check back for updates.

At Healthy World Cafe, we always feature our "eat what you want, pay how you can" philosophy. The ability to pay should never be a barrier to accessing delicious, unprocessed, healthy food.

Housekeeping items worth noting:

-- PARKING: When coming to the cafe for our Wednesday lunches, please DO NOT park in the private lots surrounding First Moravian Church. You may park on the street (metered), or you may park at First Presbyterian Church at E. Market and N. Queen streets in the un-numbered, yellow-lined parking spots, and please include a sign on your dashboard to indicate you are a Healthy World Cafe volunteer. Then, walk one block west down Clarke Avenue to First Moravian (and enter on north side)!

-- TAKE OUT: Take out orders for lunch are available by e-mailing your selections (by 10 a.m. Aug. 27) to healthyworldcafe(at)gmail(dot)com. Please specify optional items or choices when ordering (i.e. would you prefer your soup with sour cream; your chicken salad on bread or greens, etc.)

-- VOLUNTEERING: In order to better respect our volunteers' time, we split the Wednesday lunch into two volunteer shifts: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and noon to 3 p.m. Feel free, of course, to sign up for both shifts, if you wish.

Here's a breakdown of our volunteer needs for this month's lunch:

-- 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 -- Food prep at First Moravian Church (FMC), 39 N. Duke St., York.
-- 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 -- Food prep at First Moravian Church (FMC), 39 N. Duke St., York.
-- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- Food prep and serving at FMC. We're now splitting our lunch days into two volunteer shifts to better respect our volunteers' time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and noon to 3 p.m. Feel free to sign up for both, if you wish. If you can't work a full shift (say, you can be there 10 to 2, but not as early as 9), please email sarah.e.chain(at)gmail(dot)com and let us know when to expect you!

Find other upcoming dates, including construction and cleaning at our 24 S. George Street location, and sign up to volunteer through our calendar on VolunteerSpot.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fund. Build. Open. Eat.

Healthy World Cafe Kicks off Crowdfunding Campaign on

Healthy World Café, York’s “Pay How You Can” community café, is thrilled to announce it has launched an online campaign to raise $15,000 toward the buildout and renovations at its new location at 24 S. George St., York. 

Healthy World Cafe, which has been serving delicious, locally sourced lunches once a month at First Moravian Church, catering and popping up at community events since 2012, intends to open for business five days a week in the late fall.  

“In order to open full-time downtown, we're relying on community donations and support,” said Healthy World Cafe chair Audrey Bowen. “We recognize the tremendous role our patrons and community supporters have played in our progress this far. A crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo, where people can contribute anywhere from $10 to $5,000, allows everyone to participate in helping us raise funds and open our doors.” 

The IndieGoGo campaign, which launched today, Tuesday, Aug. 5, runs until midnight September 9, 2014. For those interested in contributing outside of the online campaign, donations may be sent to Healthy World Café, PO Box 1226, York, PA 17405.

Healthy World Cafe is dedicated to supporting the local farming and business community while eliminating local hunger and food insecurity. The 501(c)3 nonprofit aims to build a sustainable community by providing nourishing food for all. Some patrons pay the suggested prices, while some pay more or less. Diners can also volunteer their time at the cafe in exchange for a meal.

“Our monthly lunches at First Moravian Church have allowed our organization to grow in every way,” said Liza Naylor, cafe director. “Our food is delicious, our volunteers are active, our local farmers are engaged and the model is working in York.”

Healthy World Cafe has until midnight September 9, 2014, to meet its $15,000 goal through IndieGoGo, at which time the crowdfunding site will pay out the funds.

The cafe is also seeking in-kind contributions of kitchen equipment, skilled labor or volunteer time. View a wishlist at the Fund. Build.Open. Eat. website.