Everybody Eats is a not-for-profit, pay-as-you-feel dining concept that takes food that would otherwise go to waste and turns it into restaurant quality meals. The purpose is to tackle a number of issues: food poverty, food waste, social isolation and lack of community.
With the help of volunteers, Everybody Eats invites anyone and everyone to join in a nutritious and accessible meal, that they can pay whatever they like for. Around 75% of guests pay nothing at all – they are generally homeless, elderly or suffer mental health or substance abuse issues. Guests dine together on shared tables and enjoy the conviviality and camaraderie that comes with sitting down to share food together.
Currently, Everybody Eats has a pop-up restaurant operating out of Gemmayze Street, Auckland. The aim is to set up permanent restaurants providing pay-as-you-feel meals every day. It recently raised $200,000, largely through a crowdfunding campaign that gained significant media attention.