Acorn Community Cafe – Eugene Weekly


Two furloughed restaurant workers — with more stimulus money than they thought they needed — pooled their resources and knowledge of the restaurant industry in April 2020 and founded Lunch People, a catering service free in Eugene who answered the call for increased food insecurity at the start of the pandemic. From that humble beginning, Miranda McKeever and Corey Prunier opened the nonprofit Acorn Community Cafe on Monroe Street nearly a year ago, and the upcoming Acorn Community Cafe Benefit bake sale and food drive, hosted by Equiano Coffee, is just one of the many positive responses it has received from the community . “People finally found out we were there,” says McKeever. All of Acorn’s sales fund its free vegan lunches for those in need. McKeever notes that she has heard of grateful people who have lost their jobs or apartments in the past two years and received meals from Acorn. Donations to Acorn have now enabled McKeever and Prunier to set up a food pantry outside the cafe every Tuesday. This is community camaraderie at its finest.

The Acorn Community Cafe Bake Sale and Food Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at the Equiano Cafe, 300 Blair Boulevard. Acorn Community Cafe is at 769 Monroe Street, and it’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The cafe’s free outdoor pantry program is from noon to 5 p.m. every Tuesday.


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