HauteHope: Terre Haute's Community Restaurant

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Richey, Courtney
Master of Leadership Development
Terre Haute, Indiana suffers from issues caused by economic factors such as unemployment and underemployment. One of the by-products of the poor economic condition is residents not having quality meals in times of need. Tene Haute has food banks such as Catliolic Cliarities, Providence Pantry and the Liglithouse Mission as well as food assistance programs such as food stamps. Still, there is a specific population that goes untouched, the "working poor". According to tlie National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), working poor is defined as people who work at least half the year yet still fall at or below the federal poverty line (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2010). It is reasonable to believe that even though there is a need, many of these families are reluctant to go to a food pantry for help and may fall slightly above tlie food stamp income guideline, forcing them to make tough decisions at meal time. The issue of hunger and food insecurity can lead to many disadvantages to the city of Terre Haute. The commumuiity has the opportunity to produce an innovative solution to this issue; a nonprofit restaurant. The nonprofit restaurant model has been implemented in larger areas with moderate success. This research will demonstrate that the nonprofit restaurant model, providing quality food in a quality atmosphere yet allowing the consumer to pay what they can afford will help address the hunger issue the Terre Haute community faces.