New Nonprofit Café gives back to Charlottesville Community
A new café is helping people in Charlottesville feel less guilty about eating out.
The Vinegar Hill Café at the Jefferson School City Center is sharing the fruits of its popularity with the rest of the community. All the proceeds from the café are funneled back into the community - so eating out at the café isn't just a lunch break out on the town, it's a service to Charlottesville.
Regulars to this new breakfast and lunch spot say the word is out about the Vinegar Hill Café.
"I'm not sure we want news about it to get out too much because then we might have to compete for space and food and the best cookies," said Ellen Osborne, a cafe regular and executive director of Literacy Volunteers.
The nonprofit café at the Jefferson School City Center is owned and operated by the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA).
"Daily, we provide meals for the Piedmont YMCA daycare facility which is here in the building, as well as we provide meals for the JABA Senior Center here," said Joel Schectman, Vinegar Hill Café manager.
The café opens its doors to other organizations to host meetings and events.
"This is a great gift to the community and Literacy Volunteers has really appreciated JABA loaning us the space and the great deals on food that they give us," said Osborne.
And the cafe's catering service caters to the budgets of other nonprofits.
"The fact that we're a nonprofit to start with, we kind of understand where they're coming from so I think our pricing structure is kind of giving back to the community in that we're here to help them out as well," said Schectman.
Starting September 28, the Vinegar Hill Café will partner with a different nonprofit every Saturday for a pancake breakfast.
"We'll be serving a wonderful, big pancake buffet and there'll be dollars given back to the organization for each person that comes in," said Schectman.
So as customers treat themselves to lunch - they're sharing a bite with the whole community too.
"This café is a great justification for eating out and spending money on lunch every day because you know that the money goes to a good cause," said Osborne.
Vinegar Hill Café hosts a "chillin' and grillin'" barbecue with live music on the first Thursday of every month. The next one is September 5 outside the Jefferson School City Center.
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