The Coffee Loft is not just a local favorite for inexpensive food and drink. Customers also appreciate its dedication to community, charity, art and providing a safe and accepting space. The café, a not for profit coffee shop located on North Tamiami Trail, is partnering with Sarasota Mothercare in an effort to give meals to Sarasota residents in need. This project, a part of Coffee Loft’s Friendsgiving, is just the latest of many community projects the coffee shop undertakes on a regular basis.
The Coffee Loft donates its profits to charities in Sarasota such as the local Food Bank, and Selah Freedom, which helps women and girls who have been victims of the sex trade find jobs and housing as well as provides counseling services. Funds also got toward Charity Water, an organization that helps communities around the world gain access to safe drinking water. All of the Coffee Loft’s coffee and tea is locally sourced.
The Coffee Loft is owned and operated by Woodland Community Church, a Christian church located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Woodland also provides the funding for The Canvas Community. Woodland Community Church, in partnership with the Canvas Community Team, also provides free meals for college students on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. Canvas is a community of college-age and young adults “committed to connect with God and others, amplify their lives by growing stronger in their faith, and express life-changing love through service and creativity,” and is for those of all denominations. The Canvas Community meets for worship every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at the Coffee Loft.