VOLUNTEER WITH CAFE 180
FRESH FOOD WITH A REFRESHING APPROACH.
At CAFE 180, we do things differently. First, your lunch is made fresh. Every salad, soup, wrap, and sandwich is made in-house, from scratch (even our pizza dough, which one Yelp reviewer said is “the best I’ve had since leaving New York”). Second, we serve our food to everyone. Even people who can’t pay.
WE’RE A NONPROFIT RESTAURANT.
We take donations instead of charging fixed prices. Many of our customers give what they think is fair, which averages between $10-12. Others pay our minimum of $4. And people who can’t pay the minimum receive lunch in exchange for cleaning for an hour.
WE’VE GOT THE BEST STAFF, EVER.
To keep costs down and serve more people, our kitchen is run by a staff of three -- not nearly enough to run a busy restaurant. Every day we depend on community volunteers to help us chop veggies, wash dishes, and make salads. Our regulars say it’s a blast. We’d love you to volunteer, too!
FULL BELLY, FULL HEART.
Our story starts in 2010, when our founders saw the issue of food insecurity in our Englewood neighborhood. They opened CAFE 180 with the mission of feeding everyone. Those who can pay, pay. Those who can’t pay give of their time in exchange for lunch, which on an average week amounts to 30-40 percent of our customers. Since we started, we’ve served more than 33,000 meals in this dignified exchange.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN A HAND UP (NOT A HAND OUT)?
When you donate to CAFE 180, you feed your neighbors. But that’s not all. You become part of a movement that believes everyone has something to give and receive.
Consider making a one-time or recurring monthly donation. As our founder says, “If we all do a little, no one has to do a lot.”
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