Diner Owner Creates Pay-What-You-Can Policy After A Stroke Of Divine Inspiration
One day at church, Breya Hodge of Blanchester, Ohio stood in front of an altar and heard a voice in her head. The voice said "Can you put a price on your faith in me?"
"And no, I can't," Hodge remembers thinking. And then: "so why put a price on food?"
As the owner of a diner in town, Breya was able to act on this revelation directly. So she did.
Today, at Downtown Diner and Gifts in Blanchester, customers can order from a classic menu of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and cheeseburgers. Once they finish eating, those customers are asked to pay whatever they can for their meals.
A clear objective of the diner payment policy is to help provide food for those of limited means, and Breya hopes that the pay-what-you-can practice also brings the community together.
"I wanted to reach people," she shared. "I think a lot of the problems in this world would be solved a lot easier if people just sat down over a cup of coffee and had somebody to listen. If you don't have anything else to do and you just want to come in and sit down, well, let's chat, let's get to know each other."
So far, so good. Customer Ronald Keith loves the idea.
"I actually believe it's going to work," he said, "and if the people behind this community can back them up, it's going to catch on." We believe, too!