A new storefront in downtown Rock Island is set to help the community with healthy foods and the cost to you is whatever you can give.

It's called Nest Cafe. It will open at 1524 4th Ave. in Rock Island on April 14 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The cafe has set up in QC parking lots before, but now it will have a home in Rock Island. Nest Cafe's model is different than a typical cafe. It is on a pay-what-you-can basis, with the goal of making healthy, nutritious meals available to all.

The cafe is staffed by volunteers (click here for more details on that if you would like to help) and you are welcome to donate the suggested amount of a meal or a little extra to cover the cost of other meals if you can. You can also choose your own portion size, so you don't leave hungry or leave with too many leftovers that will just sit in your fridge.

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Nest stands for Nourish Everyone Sustainably Together. Nest Cafe's food is seasonal and local. You can check their Facebook for updated menus.

Nest Cafe's hours will be

  • Sunday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Monday nights 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • closed Fridays & Saturdays (and Easter Sunday)

Nest Cafe is a nonprofit restaurant and they are a member of One World Everybody Eats, which is a network of pay-what-you-can restaurants around the U.S. It is owned by Rev. Laura Evans Mahn. If you have questions and would like to contact Nest Cafe, you can reach out via email at nest.cafe.qc@gmail.com.

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