October 21, 2016

Philadelphia Business Journal's Kenneth Hilario highlights EAT Cafe's mission and promotes our Grand Opening date in Vetri, Drexel set opening date for pay-what-you-can restaurant

October 20, 2016

Drexel University's Frank Otto provides a comprehensive overview of EAT Cafe in Welcoming Everyone to the Table: Philadelphia’s First Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant To Open. The article covers EAT Cafe's unique partnership with Drexel University, payment model, menu, community-driven focus, and our goal to be a model for other like-minded restaurants in other major cities. 


September 06, 2016

The Atlantic's City Lab highlights EAT Cafe's commitment to address both hunger and food waste in How Philly's First Pay-What-You-Can Café Is Taking Aim at Hunger.

April 06, 2016

Hidden City features EAT Cafe in the article On Rebuilding Lancaster Ave, Restaurant Serves Up Recipe For Equity. Reporter Tyler Horst speaks with Cafe Manager Donnell Jones-Craven and Center for Hunger-Free Communities Director Dr. Mariana Chilton regarding the vision, mission, and payment model behind EAT Cafe, as well as aspirations for the future.  

April 05, 2016

The Daily Pennsylvanian, the University of Pennsylvania's student news organization, featured EAT Cafe in the article West Phila Restaurant to Allow Customers to 'Pay What You Can'. In the article, reporter Charlotte Laracy speaks with Cafe Manager Donnell Jones-Craven and Vetri Community Partnership co-founder Jeff Benjamin about addressing food insecurity and bringing together community

March 17, 2016

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joy Manning spotlights the EAT Cafe in Good food for all: A pay-what-you-can cafe comes to West Philly. The article, which is featured in print in the Philadelphia Inquirer and online on, familiarizes its readers with Cafe Manager Donnell Jones-Craven, EAT Cafe, and the pay-what-you-can model.    

March 11, 2016

Philadelphia Magazine reporter, Sandy Smith, featured the EAT Cafe in the online food blog, Foobooz.  In the article, New Restaurant Lets Everyone at the Table Build Community, Sandy talks with the Cafe Manager, Donnell Jones-Craven, and our partners at Vetri to understand the model of the pay-what-you-can cafe and teh logic behind it.

September 08, 2015

In “new West Philly café aims to be bring everyone to the table,” journalist Samantha Wittchen profiles the development of the EAT Café at 3820 Lancaster Avenue. Wittchen’s article describes the development of the café and features an interview with Donnell Jones-Craven, EAT Café’s General Manager. To read the full text, click here.

October 01, 2014

The EAT Café is bringing together a unique partnership between the Center for Hunger-Free Communities of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and Vetri Community Partnership. This partnership began through a meeting of the Center’s Director, Mariana Chilton, and Marc Vetri in 2013 and is further detailed in the article, A Tasteful Pairing, by Theresa Everline. To read the full text, click here.