The Anchor: Coffee, cake and compassion

The Anchor opened in 2013 after church group Vinelife secured a Charity Bank loan to create a community coffee house. Jon Hodges, Vinelife's Operations Director, shares The Anchor's story.

At The Anchor, a café owned by our local church group, Vinelife, we take the generous support of our customers and share it with the city of Manchester.

We took inspiration from a tradition that started in Italy called 'suspended coffee'. Caffeé sospeso, as they call it, is a way for local people to anonymously give a cup of coffee to someone in need. When people buy food or drink at The Anchor they can add a suspended coffee to their order for an extra £2.00. This will then be spent on providing coffee, food and more through our community projects.

So what sort of community projects do we run? Every Thursday afternoon we open our foodbank, which provides emergency supplies for people struggling to make ends meet. We work with service providers from across Manchester to play our part in ending the hidden food poverty that threatens to blight our communities.

As well as sending teams of volunteers to work with the homeless charity Barnabus Manchester, we do our own outreach work providing food, drink and clothing to people on the streets. Our goal is to be the best coffee house we can be - from the food and drinks we serve to our impact on the community.

"Our goal is to be the best coffee house we can be - from the food and drinks we serve to our impact on the community."

Jon Hodges, Operations Director, Vinelife
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