Thanks to a grant from the Gannett Foundation and USA Today, Rapid City’s own pay-what-you-can nonprofit and eatery will gain some much-needed space, reports Newscenter 1. In operation since 2016, Fork Real Community Cafe’s mission is to improve lives by providing both food and a space for future conversation about food access in the Rapid City area.
With the help of a recent $50,000 Community Thrives Grant from the Gannett Foundation and USA Today, Fork Real will be relocating to a permanent location at 324 St. Joseph Street in Rapid City. In this new location, the organization hopes to reach more people and expand its services. Prior to this grant, Fork Real operated out of the lower level of Main Street’s Creamery Building since its opening in 2016.
Fork Real Community Café describes itself as a new nonprofit cafe dedicated to real people, real food and real conversations. Visitors can find a variety of foods and enjoy them at private or larger communal tables. Fork Real partners with Black Hills area growers and their “slow food” menu changes daily.
The pay-what-you-can concept allows customers to pay the value of their meal, volunteer in exchange for a meal, or pay it forward by paying for someone else's future meal. This is modeled after another nonprofit organization One World Everybody Eats, which operates similar cafes in the United States.
Read more about philanthropy and nonprofits in the Black Hills here.