The Crescent City Cafe serves the poor and marginalized members of our community with dignity and provides individuals the opportunity to build relationships and connect with one another through the sharing of a meal. We currently host free, restaurant-style breakfasts twice a month for people experiencing homelessness and hunger and plan to open a pay-what-you-can community cafe. Since serving our first breakfast in 2009, we have provided our guests the chance to be served a delicious meal while simultaneously being treated with dignity and respect.
The Saturday Cafes are pop-up restaurants. Loyola student volunteers will pick a roll of hostess, server, busser, drink server, dishwasher, or cook. There is an orientation and training, the restaurant opens and guests come in and eat while being served by the volunteers, and then everything is cleaned up.
Students will learn that homelessness and food insecurity do not define a person or their worth. It is the goal of the Crescent City Cafe to reduce food insecurity by creating a gathering place where all the different faces of food insecurity will feel respected and enjoy nourishing meal while fostering a sense of community.
Adults, people who are homeless or in transitional housing situations, other volunteers, people experiencing food insecurity
Student volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
Service hours are the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
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