Save Lentil As Anything Footscray
Lentil As Anything Footscray is a not-for-profit organisation that runs Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant on a pay-as-you-afford model, while also being involved in several education programs and other social projects. Lentils is a community organisation but our community is failing us. We're a knifes edge away from shutting our doors because of a broader sense of entitlement to our services. On Monday 27th February we served 115 plates of food and made a total of $148.60 which only comes out at $1.29 per serving and barely covers costs of anything (not just food).
What do we do?
Lentil as Anything’s main function is to make food available to the community with no barriers. The anonymous donation left in our boxes, and donations through our website is a commentary on the generosity of the community.
How do we use the money?
The money donated to Lentil funds our restaurant that make available several hundred meals per day.
Your donation will be used to fund the operations of our restaurant, as well as occasionally fund the opening of a new restaurant. With these restaurants, there are other benefits in addition to providing food for the community:
Create cultural opportunities for those who are looking to establish themselves in our community.
Improve employability for people unable to get a foot in the door of workplace culture.
An opportunity to interface with a broad cross section of society.
Training in specific areas of hospitality, such as kitchen hand and barista.
Most of the people you’ll see working at Lentil as Anything are volunteers – members of the community who are just as passionate about food, culture and community. The underemployed, the homeless, refugees and the disenfranchised are all given an equal opportunity to gain skills and help their fellow humans at Lentil as Anything .
Please help us to save Lentil As Anything !
But our situation is still a tricky one; while the pay-as-you-feel concept is really quite a beautiful one, allowing those less fortunate to enjoy a warm meal in good company for a small contribution, it does require others who are perhaps more fortunate to contribute just a bit extra to cover the costs.
As you've probably heard mentioned a bunch of times now we've been struggling down at ol' Footscray so we need just a little bit more help to get over the financial hurdles presented over the past few months.
Luckily we exist in a community that is laden with wonderful artists who share our belief in the good Lentils has to offer- So we are having a fundraiser on the Friday 21st April with four bands playing.
While there will be no entry fee with all food and drinks provided under the 'pay-as-you-feel' philosophy, we do ask you to remember that this is a fundraiser that hopes to demonstrate that Footscray is capable of paying its debts and has the community support it needs to keep its doors open!
For those of you unable to make it but still wanting to contribute, Gofundme is for you. Thank you for saving our back :)
Unfortunately this is going to continue happening if the organisation doesn't identify and portray the minimum cost per meal to patrons. A lot of the patrons visit because they have no money and donate a dollar or two. Perhaps a suggested minimum donation should be displayed in the restaurant stating the cost of the meal /labour and ammenities. This will then educate the patrons and will lift donations through better understanding of the commercial viability. Ultimately, if the patrons don't respect this minimum, they don't deserve the service.
Anyone who (isn't homeless and) doesn't donate a fair amount of $ for their meal is questionable and I hope they really think about their actions.
There certainly IS a suggested minimum Dee Promm. There's large posters up in every restaurant. If everyone paid $2 Footscray would have made double on that bad day... and many people pay $10 or $20... this must mean MANY are paying zero... How can we encourage more "payers" to turn up is the challenge...
Simone Reilly maybe not have kids if you cant afford to feed them?
Dee Promm, that is unfair. Many on newstart are going days without eating, especially single mothers. Maybe the more wealthy (businessmen), and in particular those who refuse to pay or pay minimal child support, could pay for their meal at a suggested waged price.