|Pay what you can at A Better World Cafe|
Fresh Jersey-grown produce and other local foods just got a little more accessible to everyone, rich or poor, in Highland Park.
A Better World Cafe offers creative, healthy, seasonal meals at suggested prices. Have that day’s “complimentary community entree,” or pay less — or more — than the listed price of your local tomato-eggplant-pesto panini or stuffed acorn squash. Volunteer your time for a free lunch. Anything goes.
To cut down on food waste, patrons pick their own portion sizes and leftovers are composted. Styrofoam is outlawed; take-out containers are compostable.
It’s all part of founder Denise Cerreta’s plan to tackle hunger and food waste in America. Cerreta, founder of One World Everybody Eats, has opened five of the cafes and is in talks with more than 50 East Coast groups interested in copying the model. Community agencies Elijah’s Promise and Who Is My Neighbor? own this cafe, the first in New Jersey, and hope it will sustain itself without grant money by year two.
The cafe is located at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 South 2nd Ave., and is open during the week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.