541 Eatery & Exchange is a non-profit café on Barton Street East, where you can pay-it-forward by volunteering or by turning dollars into buttons. Anyone can use 5 buttons from the jar each day as $5 towards a good meal, which helps feed those who need help paying, but also nurtures a diverse community of belonging around the table.

Our mission at 541 Eatery & Exchange is to serve the local community in tangible ways through the love of Jesus Christ.

We are an eatery; offering fresh, homemade meals and baked goods. We are committed to providing food that is affordable, nutritious and family-friendly.

We are a place of exchange; where people can share with one another. We use our space and the proceeds from food sales to facilitate community initiatives such as skills training opportunities and youth programming.

As a non-profit, 541 relies on donations to keep the lights on and the doors open! For our food to be accessible to our neighbours, we price our meals at a loss on each sale, including those meals purchased with buttons. So we don’t just need donations to fill up the button jar, but to continue providing the button jar and the community surrounding it a place to happen. To help 541 continue to flourish, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation to our General Fund!

541 Eatery & Exchange is a social enterprise that is a program of Compass Point Bible Church in Burlington, ON. Compass Point is a registered Canadian charity and provides 541 with our charitable & financial framework, as well as a dedicated team of volunteers for our Steering Committee.

Executive Director: Sue Carr

Sue began life in the UK, and came to Canada with her family in 1986. She started her career as a Research Pharmacologist, but was later drawn to the social aspect of medicine as she completed a diploma in Addiction Studies at McMaster and then a Masters in Theological Studies, to pursue pastoral counselling. Sue subsequently worked as a hospital chaplain at the Hamilton General Hospital. In 2005 she became the chaplain at Mission Services of Hamilton, and began a small study that grew into a vibrant congregation. Sue is excited at this new chapter in her life as Executive Director of 541 Eatery and Exchange. She enjoys serving our customers the best food in Hamilton, fostering people engagement at many levels, and seeing what God nurtures in this place. Sue is married with 3 children.

Chair of Steering Committee: James Peters

James has a rich background in business & community involvement. He started his career in the banking and insurance sectors, but was subsequently drawn to an entrepreneurial venture in manufacturing. In 1993 James led a management buyout of the firm where he was employed, he later became and continues to be President at Hadrian Manufacturing Inc. in Burlington. James has been involved in the community through various governance roles at both business and social organizations, including past chair of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, board positions at Community Care Access Centre (Hamilton), International Justice Mission Canada and Compass Point Bible Church. James is married with 2 children, he is an avid cyclist, private pilot and downhill skier.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

541 Eatery and Exchange is compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
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