'Pay what you can' cafe opens in Stokes Croft to help tackle hunger in the community

The cafe is on Jamaica Street in Stokes Croft. Credit: ITV West Country

A 'pay what you can' cafe has opened in Bristol to help support some of the most vulnerable people living in the community.

Located on Jamaica Street in Stokes Croft, the cafe will initially serve food between 12 and 2pm on weekdays. Free food will also be distributed on Tuesdays and Sundays.

The cafe will operate as a takeaway service while coronavirus restrictions remain in place. Credit: ITV West Country

Set up by The Stokes Croft Food Project (SCFP), customers pay what they can to allow the team to continue providing free meals for other members of the community.

They also plan to make an area of the cafe available as a food bank, so people can request or donate groceries.

The SCFP was launched at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to prevent people from going hungry during lockdown.

Local businesses and volunteers have been sending out food packages twice a week. The new cafe hopes to expand on this help and continue to help people in the neighbourhood who most need it.