The cafe opens its door wide to all who want lip-smacking fare. And if you’re down on your monetary luck, you can still gobble up lunch, but be ready to wash a dish or two, or mop the floors. Believing in a dignified exchange as a way of life, if you haven’t a dime to spare, you exchange an hour of work for your meal. You can drop in any time SAME is open to work in exchange for your meal. Just tell the server you’d like to pay for your meal with an hour’s work.
If you’re looking to contribute to the café’s mission beyond exchanging work for food, volunteers can sign up to work in the kitchen and in the dining area—prepping food, cooking, serving, dishwashing, cleaning tables, doing maintenance work. Space is limited, so it’s best to schedule your volunteer slot ahead of time through email. For groups (limit 5 per shift) a pre-arranged time is required. All volunteers must be sixteen years of age or older.