its inception in 1989, Bread and Roses Café
has provided homeless men, women and children with a nutritious
meal in a comfortable, welcoming environment. From the old union
anthem Bread and Roses, we know that "hearts starve as well as bodies."
This realization led to the development of our café.
Each day, up to
150 homeless men, women and children eat at Bread and Roses. In
place of a soup line, guests are provided with the ambience of a
restaurant in which volunteers act as waiters while diners eat a
meal set at tables replete with tablecloths and fresh flowers. The
Café fosters feelings of respect and trust between guests
In addition, Bread
and Roses Café serves as a training site for students enrolled
in St. Joseph Center's Culinary
Training Program, which offers 10 weeks of training in food
service skills to adults with barriers to employment.
Last year, Bread
and Roses Café served over 25,000 hot, nutritious meals to
more than 2,000 men, women, and children.
Bread and Roses Cafe on KTLA Morning News
Bread and Roses Cafe was recently featured on the KTLA Morning News as part of reporter Gayle Anderson's Helpful Hospitality Mondays. Gayle reported live from the Cafe during the 9:30am seating and spoke with head chef Derek Walker and St. Joseph Center's Executive Director Va Lecia Adams. You can watch the broadcast below.
At Bread and Roses Café, volunteers
are the wait staff for the homeless men, women, and children who
come to dine.