Joy Bus Diner in Phoenix serves food for a good cause


Serve breakfast with a smile.

The Joy Bus in Phoenix is known for its friendly atmosphere and good food.

Jack Mitchell comes here every week.

“The help itself is great. They call you by your first name,” he said.

“Just super good, super environment,” said Eric Otto.

But it’s more than a good cup of Joe that brings people back week after week. This is the cause – the real meaning behind the name “Joy Bus”.

“My mother’s friend, Joy, died of cancerand she used to cook her little meals and treats to make her feel better about what she was going through,” waiter Areli Trapero said.

So in 2011 they started this non-profit restaurant. 100% of profits go to support cancer patients. They are also delivering meals to those confined at home.

They change some of their dishes weekly as their produce and coffee are all donated and many servers are volunteers.

“Very strong volunteer base, so our volunteers will be doing prep work, they’ll also be hosting,” Trapero said.

And it’s the community support that keeps them going.

“It’s truly amazing what your community can do for you and how you can help others,” Trapero added.


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