When it comes to the holidays our hearts start to fill with the gift of giving, and we’re a little closer to our philanthropy side. We see those on the streets in need of blankets, gloves, shoes, and socks, and the next time we rummage through our closets, we think of them before dropping our used things off at the thrift store. Something as simple as a blanket can give a small glimmer of hope to someone living on the street and warm your heart.
We thought it would be nice to see what businesses in the foodservice industry do to give back to the community. We found that plenty of you offer free meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but what we didn’t expect to find was these two particular companies that give back year around.
La Trobada | Terrassa, Spain
La Trobada is a restaurant located in Terrassa, Spain that recently opened to the public. When you think of giving back, this restaurant got it right. Instead of charging diners for their meals, they offer a fair trade: work one hour cleaning or serving, and a three-course meal is provided for free.
And with a down economy, patrons of La Trobada have been grateful for the opportunity to enjoy a nice, warm meal and not have to worry about money woes for once. In fact, about 50% of the restaurant’s patrons are part of the work to eat program.
United Methodist Church | Providence, Rhode Island
We’ve heard lots of stories about churches giving back to the community and helping the homeless population get back on their feet – even if it’s just a pair of shoes. But we really liked the concept that the United Methodist Church of Providence, Rhode Island took.
Homeless people are invited to breakfast that includes heaping piles of yummy bacon, eggs, and pancakes, in exchange for helping to cook and serve the food. What started off as a small program, has grown immensely and now the breakfast group easily has 40 volunteers every morning. The program is said to do more than just serve up a warm meal, it helps give the homeless population that volunteer a sense of hope and kindness.