In a time when many people don’t know where or how they’ll get their next meal, One Bistro in Miamisburg offers a fantastic meal and a chance for the community to work together to help those in need.

Food insecurity is a growing problem in the Dayton area, and Robert Adamson opened One Bistro as a place where neighbors could eat comfortably and come together as a community. About one-third of Dayton area children are living in an insecure food environment, which means they experience hunger daily or live with the threat of starvation. After joining the board of directors for One World Everyone Eats, Adamson realized that he had a greater calling than his role as an executive chef.

One Bistro strives to provide members of the community with good quality, affordable meals. While the menu has prices ranging from $6 to $9, this is a pay-as-you-can restaurant. If you can’t afford to pay, you can exchange your time in service. Adamson finds that the great food and personal service keeps bringing customers back. “We hope to put something of extraordinary value on the plate so that people give extra to help their neighbors in need,” says Adamson. One Bistro does not accept tips, but you can always make a donation in addition to the suggested price.

The success of this nonprofit restaurant is dependent on community volunteers. A sign-up form on the restaurant’s website, onebistro.org, encourages volunteers to work daily shifts or to help during the weekly community meal.

With a menu featuring everything from Strawberry Shortcake French Toast and Chicken and Waffles to Spinach Goat Cheese and Bacon Pizza and a Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Adamson is putting his skills as an executive chef to good use. And the food and the concept are catching on. Adamson also is a mentor for eight other local restaurants and is considering expansion into other markets like Canton, Hillsboro and Cincinnati.

Adamson calls the restaurant a “businesstry,” or business ministry, because it is a faith- based enterprise model that other nonprofits can use without having to rely on government funding. Adamson also loves the opportunity to meet and build relationships with people. “The relationships are the reason this place exists. People just want someone to talk to,” he adds.

With the staggering number of community members who cannot afford quality food, One Bistro is truly a Dayton gem.

Each Wednesday night, One Bistro offers a community meal from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community meal is completely free to all patrons and includes salad, a main entrée, sides and a dessert. Reservations are encouraged as seats fill up fast. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 937-859-1165 to make a reservation.