A fundraiser takes place Friday, June 30 to help create the first “pay what you can” cafe in Abbotsford.
Former pastor Kyle Dyck hopes to open the cafe in early 2018. It will be a place where low-income individuals can pay little or no money for food and drinks, or work an hour for a meal.
Diners are also invited to pay the full amount of the suggested meal price, or even a little extra. Dyck hopes to source ingredients from local farms and markets and hire an experienced head chef.
He has started a crowdfunding campaign, with a goal of raising $25,000 before opening a storefront. The location is yet to be determined, but Dyck plans to locate in the downtown core.
He hopes to raises a total of $75,000 before launch. Dyck estimates the cafe will have to raise $50,000 a year after that, on top of its retail revenue, to remain sustainable.
The burger-and-brew fundraiser on June 30 runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at Townhall Public House, 33720 South Fraser Way.