Fort Worth’s nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, launched its new Summer menu TODAY, Tuesday, June 4th. Chef Jeff Williams and the team, consisting mostly of volunteers, encourage all Fort Worth area residents to come taste and see a new approach to serving our community and making sure kids and families have access to healthy and nutritious food this summer.
Based on its address, according to the USDA, more than 50% of the children in our area qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school year. Now that the school year has ended, there is a higher need for access to healthy and nutritious food for children and families.
“Last summer, we saw a 15% increase in the number of people in need at Taste Community Restaurant,” says Jeff Williams, Founder and Executive Director of Taste Project. “Many of those in need were kids and families, and we love being the place where families bring their kids for a healthy meal.”
At Taste Community Restaurant those in need and those wanting to help are not segregated, they are offered the very same service, love, and respect regardless of their financial means. But Taste Project needs your help to make sure it can provide meals to those in need this Summer.
“On Mother’s Day, a mom pulled us aside. She said, ‘this is the first Mother’s Day, in a long time, where I just feel ‘normal’” says Julie Williams, Taste Project Board Member. “People who are hurting and hungry need a place where they can feel ‘normal’. Where they can feel dignified. And where they are loved.”
Taste Community Restaurant is the first project of the Taste Project organization designed to help feed, educate, and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure population, a total of 16.6 percent of Tarrant County’s overall community.
Taste’s solution is a fresh and healthy pay-what-you-can restaurant where everyone in the community, regardless of financial means, can enjoy a healthy, high quality meal, made from seasonal ingredients from the surrounding area. The menu has no prices. Guests are simply asked to:
- Pay what you can afford;
- Pay what you would typically pay; or
- Pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra to help a neighbor in need.
“…I’d heard about Taste and what a feel-good concept the restaurant is. Not only is it feel-good, it tastes amazing with such thoughtful recipes that you’d likely find in an upscale restaurant…” –Stephanie G., Taste Community Restaurant Guest and Yelper.
“Such a good vibe to this place based on both the food, the service, and it’s mission. If like me, you walk in with the idea that perhaps you’ll help someone get a decent meal while you might get a decent meal for yourself to boot…” –Gary P., Taste Community Restaurant Guest and Yelper.
You can help meet the needs of neighbors in Fort Worth simply by dining at Taste Community Restaurant. Fort Worth and surrounding area residents can join their community at Taste Community for a pay-what-you-can lunch on weekdays and pay-what-you-can brunch on weekends.
Taste Community Restaurant
1200 South Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Tuesdays – Fridays
Open for Lunch: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays
Open for Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm
(Closed on Mondays)
About Taste Project
Taste Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to feed, educate, and serve our community so they may “…taste and see the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8. We believe everyone should have access to healthy nutritional food. Our vision is to see our community heed the call to battle and stand on the front lines against hunger. Our first project, Taste Community Restaurant at 1200 South Main Street in Fort Worth, focuses on healthy, quality meals made from fresh ingredients. Our menu has no prices. This is a give and take concept. We ask guests to do one of the following: 1) pay what you can afford, 2) pay what you would typically pay, or 3) pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra. To learn more, visit us at www.tasteproject.org or find us on Facebook.