SPOKANE, Wash. – Senior diners know the Silver Café for its good food at a good price: $3.50 for a full meal including beverage and dessert. But Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels may be forced to close the café it opened in 2012 due to a lack of funding.
So this Sunday, Fathers Day, the café is trying its first-ever fundraiser, $5 pancakes, in hopes that it will give the business the boost it needs.
The business already cut back its hours: today it serves lunch Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Today, one paid employee and several volunteers keep it cooking. It serves the same menu at senior centers and in its home deliveries, but the Silver Café is open to everyone.
Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels Executive Director Pam Almeida said it may be the only café of its kind in the country, but it caters to an underserved population.
“Most people my age and younger aren’t going to necessarily want to go to a senior center,” Almeida said. “My parents would’ve never gone to a senior center, but they would’ve come here.
Spokane senior Ron Olds depends on the Silver Café for his one and only meal a day, every weekday. He doesn’t use Meals on Wheels, he just likes the good food at good prices at the café. And he said he’s not sure where he’d turn if it closed.
“I’d have to find someplace else, but I don’t know if I could find one as good as this,” Olds said. “Really be disappointing.”
Meals on Wheels planned on being able to support the café through its agency, but every month the board says it’s a struggle to find out how to pay for it. The board wants to keep it open, though, and hopes fundraisers like the Father’s Day Pancake Feed help the agency in that effort.
The Silver Café Father’s Day Pancake Feed is this Sunday, June 16, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the café at 4803 N. Nevada St. in Spokane.