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TABLE GRACE MINISTRIES (Cafe)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

Mission: Hunger outreach

Target demographics: We bridge the gap in socioeconomic inequality by operating a restaurant with no set prices

Direct beneficiaries per year: 13,400 people

Geographic areas served: Omaha, NE

Programs: Nonprofit Cafe, job training program, food security, healthy eating for all walks of life, support/discussion groups

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Matt, Simone, and team are doing wonderful ministry and service in urban Omaha. My organization awarded a grant for improvements to the cafe. Their talents and spiritual gifts inspire and lift up constituents and customers, where coming there for a meal or for more. And the food is delicious!

Brenda95

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the heart and soul of this place. Matt and the crew serve up some of the most delicious and nutritious food!

Donor

Rating: 5

Table Grace is a gift to the community on so many levels: creating a common place for people of all means to share gourmet meals, equipping people with job skills, a vibrant music scene, and a place for people to share the spirit. The lunches are outstanding and varied, the staff is upbeat and very helpful, and the founders are true people of impact.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It is wonderful to eat where ALL CLASSES of people mingle and enjoy fellowship. Drop by on the right day (usually Friday) and the entertainment is outstanding and free.

Donor

Rating: 5

Table Grace is a great place to eat and a wonderful addition to the community! It helps people in need however they need it. They can work for food and help anyway they want. It is no demeaning in any way. You see so many people coming and going when you eat there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I eat lunch at Table Grace as often as possible and it's always been a wonderful experience. My daughter and I have an annual tradition to have lunch at Table Grace the day before Thanksgiving as a reminder of what we have to be thankful for. The food is always a culinary adventure and helping others is incredibly heartwarming.

Meri S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful time at this cafe. They welcome all and only accept donations for the exceptional food served here. There was a wonderful array of people eating and enjoying the music in this quaint bistro.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Table Grace offers wonderful food - Atmosphere (food, music and conversation) the staff is great and personable. Clearly making a difference in the community and many lives. thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Table Grace is a nourish restaurant where I eat a wholesome meal at a donated price. The people are friendly and helpful.

Donor

Rating: 5

Table Grace Cafe is a wonderful ministry which feeds hungry people and gives a place of refuge where they can share their stories, their faith, find fellowship, and have the opportunity to learn skills for working in the culinary field. Matt and Simone use all resources wisely and well, so that much good is done with every dollar or food donation. If you are looking for a great nonprofit to support, this is it

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Table Grace Ministries is located in downtown Omaha and offers delicious meals of soup, salad, and gourmet pizza for a free will donation. My Dad has come to really enjoy supporting Table Grace and since he works downtown frequently lunches there. Over the years I have joined him for lunch at Table Grace and have enjoyed the diverse customer base you can interact with in this casual dining environment, the doting service he receives, the delicious food, but mostly the time I get to spend with my Dad out to lunch in a great environment. Over the years Table Grace's ministries have grown and I've experienced their heart for ministry of God, food, and music in various settings in our community and at our own church. My favorite experience though is the time spent at Table Grace in meaningful conversation over a delicious meal that has nourished body and soul through time with my Dad and those that I have met that day. Definitely worth stopping by and nourishing yourself.

Roger34

Board Member

Rating: 5

Table Grace is a great service and mission for Downtown Omaha. It is an honor to serve on its Board and endorse to my friends.

Brenda94

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Table Grace is a unique and creative ministry in downtown Omaha. They provide a great meal each day at lunchtime -- soups, salads and pizza -- to anyone who wants a meal. There are no prices, so you can pay what you can afford or what you want to share. You'll see business people in suits dining beside persons who might be sleeping on the streets.

They offer the opportunity for those who cannot pay cash to work a shift in the kitchen, cleaning up, or helping in some other way. They also have trained people to pass their food handling certification which allows them to find gainful employment elsewhere in the community.

Lastly, Table Grace is available to cater almost any size event. The profits from these events will go toward provide meals to those who can't afford them and toward training or other expenses for the cafe. I've spent two great New Years Eves having a wonderful Table Grace meal.

I love love love this ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

Table Grace is a spirit filled experience for all who walk through the door. Providing the
opportunity for anyone to enter and enjoy a delicious meal, with the added joy of live music
or a possible bible study (depending on the day), makes them unique. I witnessed
homeless individuals sitting next to those from the corporate world eating side by side without hesitation on anyone's part. People in the kitchen are hired not just to put in a day's work but to be in active training. They go on to be hired elsewhere and so the cycle continues, a cycle that starts with a meal and ,for some, ends up providing the wonderful event of feeling productive again. I would be a frequent visitor if not for how far it is from my home but for the gift they provide..they are where they need to be. The couple that began this cafe are filled purpose and message...."All are welcome..come as you are" and that's the feeling you leave with!" Table Grace is worthy of being added to your charitable givings list! The one recommendation I would give is...you must visit and enjoy!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I brought a group of students to experience Table Grace with the hope that they would see and taste a ministry that genuinely serves. What we experienced was well beyond our expectations. The food was excellent, hospitality cordial and real, and the explanation of purpose clear and inspiring. The students left marveling at the ability to create a ministry that concretely serves a diverse population, poor and comfortable, and impacted all in making a true difference. I am most grateful.

Donor

Rating: 5

The total purpose of Table Grace Ministries is significant and import to the community it serves. Additionally the community around the targeted receivers is better informed and consequently more supportive of the mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is precisely what our world needs, going beyond the triple bottom line and serving wonderful tasty food along side people of all walks of life. I would recommend a little more effort in the "hip" factor through better interior design but this is exactly what supporting a group like can do! Support, see, and then experience what a meal like this not only can do for the stomach but also for your soul as well as the overall feeling throughout the community...Bravo!

Donor

Rating: 5

Table Grace serves excellent food to anyone who walks through the door, regardless of their ability to pay. The food is nutritious and tastes amazing. But in addition to the food, this nonprofit trains food workers and provides community for those who may be homeless or simply struggling to keep afloat.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work downtown Omaha, and I have been eating at Table Grace Cafe for quite some time. For me, it is a quick and easy way to get a nice and tasty lunch. And, they always greet me by name. This ministry has opened my eyes to a set of people in our community that have less economic resources than I have, but I have found them to be just like me. A person with the same kinds of life challenges, cares and concerns. What I appreciate the most about this ministry is their hiring of people who need an opportunity and helping them to be successful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First, as a Café, this place is fantastic! Gourmet pizza, salad, and soup. I love that the daily options are different and unique. The last time I ate there, I had a carrot and sweet potato salad, leek and vegetable beef soup, and mushroom pesto pizza on whole grain crust. All delicious!!
As a ministry, I love seeing the many people of the community coming in for lunch. Every time I am there, there is a mix of white collar business people, blue collar workers, and by visual judgement only, no collar people as well - some appearing to not have homes. The ministry is geared, of course, to those in "need" but I find that all are comfortable together at Table Grace and I am often the one "ministered" to as I watch a room full of broken people gather with an air of knowing they are accepted and welcomed. I also watch as people jump in to help serve, or sing along to the live music, or just sit quietly for some rest. It's amazing. I also appreciate greatly that while this is a ministry, the goal is not to "save souls" through proselytizing them, but truly to just love the neighbor through a good meal and fellowship.