Last night I heard about an interesting new venture that St. Louis Bread Company (Panera, for those of you outside of St. Louis) has taken on right down the road.
They have opened up a new non-profit cafe here in St. Louis that will operate on donations and will allow customers pay whatever they can afford for their food. An individual with only $5 in their pocket can still order an $8 meal. And someone who has a little more to spend is welcome to leave a bigger donation for their meal, offsetting the cost for those who pay less.
The current cafe is an experiment. If it is successful, the company will continue to open additional cafes of this type. According to the article, the response has been very positive so far. Since it's not too far from my apartment, I may have to check it out.
Here is the link to the full article from KSDK.