There’s a New Pay-What-You-Want Coffee Cart and Market in Calgary

Kin Coffee Cart and Market addresses food insecurity in Calgary by offering beverages, produce and other groceries through a pay-per-view model.

Kin Coffee Cart and Market, a new Calgary social enterprise, aims to help address food insecurity by providing access to affordable, quality food and beverages in an inclusive environment.

Kin is a new pay what you want initiative from the Leftovers Foundation that includes a coffee cart and a small market staffed entirely by volunteers at two YMCA locations. The market rotates between Saddletowne and Shawnessy YMCA locations, while the coffee cart operates from Shawnessy YMCA. With Calgary partners like YYC Food Security Fund and Motherlode Coffee Roasters, Kin helps create community spaces to gather and connect, regardless of financial circumstances.

Located in the atrium of the Shawnessy YMCA, the Kin Coffee Cart is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Serving coffee from Motherlode Café, tea, pastries like Ritual Donuts, and fruit, all items are pay-what-you-want (suggested prices start at $1, but you can pay more or less).

Kin Market operates from the YMCA of Saddletowne on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from the YMCA of Shawnessy on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. fruits, vegetables and other staples like bread and eggs on sale at suggested prices.

More information about volunteering at the Kin Coffee Cart and Market can be found here.

Saddletowne YMCA, 180, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE; Shawnessy YMCA, 400, 333 Shawville Blvd. SE, weareallkin.ca

Fresh fruits and vegetables are offered at Kin Market, on an a la carte basis. Photo courtesy of Kin.

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