Not if Kyle Dyck has his dream of opening a café fulfilled by catering
to a mix of middle and upper income folks who'll be rubbing elbows with
low-income people in Abbotsford.
He already has the name and the logo, and even some of the menu items
they'll be serving. All he needs now is a place and the funds to pay for
things like rent and licences.
Dyck and his wife Ashley, have been a residents of Abbotsford for 8
years. Prior to that, he was a youth pastor.
Being familiar with local issues, he wants
to help by opening a low-income restaurant to give people a break from crippling poverty
that'll cater to all classes of people.
someone doesn't have the money, they can swap volunteer time to
pay for what they ate.
Abby Eats Café is what Dyck calls a "café non-profit, social justice
entrepreneurship" eatery. He likes the concept of pay-what-you-can in a
place run by volunteers that he sees as an opportunity to provide food
"We value a place where everyone is welcome and we provide creative
payment solutions for all. Our hope is to create a culture where we
eliminate food insecurities, while providing fantastic food and
community connections," Dyck told The Voice in an e-mail last
According to Dyck, low-income people will be rubbing elbows with people
who have higher incomes.
"The best case scenario is that we have a healthy mix of social economic
classes engaging with the cafe consistently," explained Dyck. "We will
not be successful if we are only engaging with the upper middle class
and not addressing the poverty crisis in Abbotsford."
Some of the ways he plans to charge people are:
1. Pay what you can afford.
2. Pay the full amount of the suggested meal price.
3. Pay the full amount of the suggested meal price, plus a little extra
to “pay it forward.”
4. Give your time in service to “pay it forward” for your neighbor to
enjoy a meal.
5. Give your time in service to pay for your meal. This provides a “hand
up, not a hand out” opportunity.
He's costed it out, and they'll need to raise 75,000 dollars in start-up
capital before launching, and an average of 50,000 dollars in donations
per year to maintain sustainability."
At this point, it's unclear if there's a groundswell of support from the
community for Abby Eats Café, but Dyck is networking with churches,
businesses, individuals with hopes to raise the money.
"A big part of the success and sustainability of this concept relies on
donations and the generosity of the community. My hope is to raise money
from churches, from businesses, from individuals and from any grants
that may be available."
Aside from a job for himself, he'll also be looking for a chef and other
volunteers to help run the café.
Providing it's "successful and effective", they may open similar
restaurant in Chilliwack a few years down the road.
Keep an eye out for Abby Eats on social media as they start to spread
the word. Dyck is optimistic he can find members of the community who
want to help.
Contact Kyle Dyck at or 778 878 3490 for more information.
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