By Karen McBride
Trinity Cafe began feeding the homeless and food insecure in 2001. Since that time, more than 1.3 million people have entered through the doors of the quaint cafe. It is more than just a place for the tired and hungry to get a hot, delicious meal. It is a chance for them to connect with other people.
Tables are set up in a restaurant-style atmosphere with colorful centerpieces. As the guests arrive, they are greeted with warm, friendly smiles.
“At Trinity Cafe, nobody is asking why you’re hungry. No one is asking why you’re homeless. The door is open, just come in and eat,” Chef Ben said.
Volunteers are a key element to keeping the well-organized program running smoothly. Tasks include serving guests, hosting tables, greeting guests, pouring drinks, preparing silverware, or cleaning tables. One waiter and host companion are assigned to each table. For this reason, many volunteers are needed at each meal.
Trinity Cafe is now serving in two locations: 2801 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602 and 2202 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated.
One of the greatest gifts we can give is our time to make another person’s day a little better. For more information about volunteering at or donating to Trinity Cafe, go to https://trinitycafe.org.