Turn Hunger Right Around
Cafe 180 unites Englewood residents through meals and service
Cafe 180 was born when Catherine Clements, Libby Whitmore and Julie Mihevc went to SAME Cafe. They were so inspired by SAME’s mission of ending hunger and offering dignity to patrons of all walks on a pay-what-you-can basis that they decided then and there to bear the torch too. Since that day in 2009, Cafe 180 has been serving meals on South Broadway in Englewood to a wide client base of professionals, families, students, the unemployed and underemployed, and people living on the streets.
Because there are no set prices, people from all walks of life and economic realities can be a customer. Each person decides if they will pay what they typically pay for a meal, pay a bit more, OR volunteer in exchange for a meal. It’s a remarkable barometer of goodness in the community too. In 2012, Cafe 180 served 14,000 meals, and received an average donation per meal of nearly $10, with 30% of patrons volunteering to pay for their meal, and 20% paying more to “pay it forward.” Cafe 180 is on the forefront of Local Food, and a little thing called food justice… bringing all people together around food and a passion for compassion.