StoneSoup Hosts Pop Up Café at Phillips
As a next step in a continuing partnership with Phillips Theological Seminary, StoneSoup Community Venture will hold its first pop-up café on Tuesday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the seminary's Tabbernee Conference Center.
Tulsa’s Table is a community café open to the public regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Christy Moore, Phillips alumna and founder/CEO of StoneSoup, says those who are unable to pay with cash or credit can pay for their meal by volunteering.
“If you do not have cash in your pocket, if you do not have access to credit, and you are hungry, you can still dine in our community cafe by volunteering an hour’s worth of your time,” she said. “Any time or talent is as equal a payment to us as your cash donation.”
Tulsa currently ranks among the top 20 statistical areas in the nation for food hardship, according to the Food and Research Action Center. Phillips President Gary Peluso-Verdend says addressing food injustice is imperative.
“Food insecurity in Tulsa is a serious concern, and we at Phillips want to be a part of the conversation about how we can help change these staggering statistics, and we also want to share in the work to do so,” he said. “At Phillips, we are dedicated to having these kinds of vital conversations and supporting the public good.”
Moore said equal access to food should be considered a basic human right.
“StoneSoup strives to promote equality and social mobility as we engage in supporting people in their right to grow their own food, eat healthy meals, learn new skills and advocate for a better world. We are working hard to make our dream of alleviating food insecurity in Tulsa a reality,” she said.
Phillips and StoneSoup recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Seeds of Hope Community Garden located on the seminary's campus.