A new cafe in Clearfield County lets customers pay-what-they-can for a healthy meal opened for business Friday.
The Soul Platter Cafe in Dubois was created to let everyone enjoy a restaurant experience, regardless if they have enough money to pay for it.
“It’s not a soup kitchen,” Co-founder Sarah Sedgwick said. “We function just like any restaurant in terms of serving our customers, preparing fresh food.”
At the end of the meal customers are given a check with a suggested price.
“At that point they can decide to pay that price, pay that price and pay a little bit more to help someone else out, pay what they can, or they can volunteer for an hour of work for their meal,” Sedgwick said.
For those stopping in friday, they say the cafe will fill a need in the community.
“We heard about it on Facebook and just decided to come see what it’s like,” customer Caroline Rosenberger said. “I think it’s great. It’s something that we need more of.”
The Soul Platter Cafe is only open on Fridays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
They hope to increase hours as they increase volunteers.
The next volunteer training will be Saturday, March 23 at the cafe.