13th Annual Cafe for a Cause Benefits Richmond Food Shelf

Sr. Enzo Delia

Each year in the heart of December, Cafe for a Cause takes place in the CVU Cafeteria.  Cafe for a Cause is CVU’s way of giving back to surrounding communities in a big way.

 “Cafe for a Cause is a fundraising event that was started about 12-13 years ago, just as a way of raising money for charities and giving back to the community,” says Leo LaForce, who started the event a year after becoming the CVU’s cafeteria owner/manager in 2004.

 “This year’s proceeds are going to a local food shelf; Student council specifically chose the Richmond Food Shelf as there is a tie in with the Richmond Food Shelf and CVU, and there was also an article that rose awareness of the fact that the Richmond Food Shelf is particularly struggling this year, so the money will go to the Richmond Food Shelf, but we’re also asking for food donations, and the food donations will go to the Hinesburg Food Shelf,” explains Leo.

The food options for this year were similar to last year, featuring many students’ favorite items, kicking off with waffles in the morning, made by your very own Student Council reps.

“Usually, every Cafe for a Cause we do one of the most favored items of the students which is the cheese tortellini in the pesto sauce, so we’ll be doing that, alongside another favorite, Pizza from Dominos, and this time in a complete white dough as opposed to the usual half-whole wheat dough, which students tend to prefer [the white dough], in addition, we’ll have all of the other normal items, the burrito bar, the salad bar, panini’s and things like that,” added Leo.

In it’s 13th year, Cafe for a Cause is a much anticipated event here at CVU. “I’m hoping [Cafe for a Cause] will be back next year, This year there were some tough time constraints, but we were able to pull it off, and i’m hoping we can continue doing it with the support of the community, the support of the Champlain Valley School District, we can hopefully do it each and every year!”

The CVU Community can thank LaForce, the CVU Cafeteria Team, and all others involved in making the 2017 Cafe for a Cause happen. CVU can be proud of a tradition in which great individuals go out of their way to benefit those in need, partnering with the Richmond Food Shelf and the Hinesburg Food Shelf making an effort to make a difference in our communities.