541 EATERY & EXCHANGE
non-profit & pay-it-forward cafe
Please note that we are closed during the current Stay-at-Home order, but
are handing out free bagged lunches Mondays-Saturdays at 11am.
We hope to gather at the same table again someday soon.
541 Barton St E, Hamilton ON
541 EATERY & EXCHANGE AT A GLANCE
541 is a cafe that believes everyone deserves access to good food. We give people the opportunity to help someone else pay for their meal by "buying buttons". Each button is worth $1, and anyone can use up to 5 buttons a day from the button jar to buy whatever they would like from the menu.
We believe there is dignity in choice, and that eating together fosters a diverse community of belonging around the table.
We use our space and proceeds from food sales to host free community groups and youth programming.
During Ontario's Stay-at-Home order, the eatery is closed for business but continues
to provide free bagged lunches to our friends for whom 541 is an essential piece of their food security.
JOIN THE EXCHANGE
As a non-profit community space committed to making our food affordable, we rely on donations to keep our space open!
If you would like to make an online donation, please visit our Canada Helps page through the button below.
Help someone pay for their meal by buying buttons! Keeping our button jar full means that we can feed the folks who most need good meals and a caring community.
Buy buttons by making a donation on Canada Helps and adding "for buttons" in the message box.
541 has a diverse team of 200 wonderful volunteers! Our volunteers work hard serving customers, making meals, and helping with our kids programs.
Unfortunately, we do not have any volunteer opportunities available during COVID-19.