Tokyo Eatery Offers Free Meals In Return For 50 Minutes Of Labor

Approximately 12 percent of the world's population suffers from hunger. Even though the world produces enough food for everyone to eat, hunger is an extremely large problem on our planet. But, people all over the world are doing their part to help the hunger crisis. Sekai Kobayashi, of Japan, is working hard to help put food in the stomachs of those that need it. Check out how Sekai is helping out her community to feed the hungry, and maybe you'll be inspired to help, too!

A former engineer for IBM, 33-year-old Sekai Kobayashi has opened a restaurant with a world-changing concept.

In the eyes of Sekai, no one should ever go hungry. And once you walk through the doors of her restaurant, she makes sure that you leave with a full stomach.

Sekai is the owner and chef at her restaurant, Mirai Shokudo.

Mirao Shokudo translates into "Future Eatery" and it certainly lives up to its name. Sekai has created a restaurant that could change the way we eat out.

In Sekai's restaurant no one is ever turned away because they don't have money.

Instead, they can use their time to pay for their meal. 50 minutes out of their day to be exact.

Sekai has helped more than 500 people eat when they couldn't afford to do so.

Those that want to work for the meal have two options: they can either dine for free, or they can receive a free meal coupon which can be left at the front entrance for anyone to use.

Sekai opened the doors to her restaurant, located in the Jinbocho district of Tokyo, two years ago.

Her mission was to provide "a place where everyone is welcome and everyone fits in." Even if the customer has no money, and no time to work, she gives them a tadameshi ticket, which gives them the meal entirely for free!

It may look likes she's just giving everything away, but Sekai has managed to make it quite profitable for herself, as well.

The daily lunch special is 900 yen ($10.50) and is what's called, a set menu. A meal that has a fixed menu with only certain items on it.

But her dinner menu is completely different!

If customers want, they can pay an additional 400 yen to get the order-made meal. They're provided with an in-depth menu and get to choose whatever they'd like.

Sekai was inspired to open her own restaurant while working at a former company.

After working for IBM Japan, Sekai moved to Cookpad, which runs a site for recipes. While working for Cookpad, there was an in-house kitchen that everyone could prepare and eat their food.

Sekai constantly cooked her food there and shared the delicious things she cooked with her co-workers.

"My colleagues really liked the lunches I made for them. This led me to strongly consider opening my own restaurant," said Sekai.

Not only has Sekai opened her very own restaurant, she's doing good deeds along the way!

It's always nice seeing people doing something to help those in need. What can you do to help, too?