The Columbia Restaurant will take over the meal service at Trinity Cafe on a Wednesday in September. Their chef and servers will be planning, cooking and serving a three-course lunch for approximately 300 hungry and homeless guests including their signature 1905 salad, boliche with yellow rice, black beans, platanos, Cuban bread and flan.

A local Girl Scout & Trinity Cafe volunteer, Gracie Goltermann, secured the Columbia’s commitment and is recruiting local restaurants to “Feed the Need Tampa Bay” by providing a meal for Trinity Cafe’s guests. Gracie is earning her Girl Scout’s Gold award with the project, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.

“The dignity that is provided from a restaurant quality meal being served by volunteers is something that Trinity Cafe excels at doing, and I’ve loved volunteering here. Recruiting restaurants to be a partner in their efforts is taking it to another level. I can’t wait to see the guests’ faces when the servers from the Columbia take over service for the day in their tuxedos with this amazing meal,” said Goltermann.

September marks the kickoff of “Feed the Need Tampa Bay,” and Gracie is actively recruiting restaurants to serve at the Cafe. The Columbia Restaurant’s Richard Gonzmart was the first to join Gracie’s efforts and is helping lead the challenge to serve a meal to the homeless and hungry. Other restaurants who are committed to serve include the Hilton Tampa Downtown and Taco Bus.

“We are proud to be able to be a supporter of Feed the Need Tampa Bay,” said Gonzmart, the fourth generation co-owner and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group, which is celebrating 110 years of continuous family ownership. “We hope that other restaurants will join us in providing a healthy meal served by over 30 volunteers, making a difference in the lives of those in need.”

About Feed the Need Tampa Bay

Feed the Need Tampa Bay is a project Gracie Goltermann is implementing to recruit restaurants in the Tampa Bay area to feed the hungry one day a year at Trinity Cafe. Gracie, 17 years old, has been a Girl Scout for 12 years, since kindergarten. She has always been involved in various community service projects over the years with her Girl Scout Troop, youth group, and Tampa Prep High School. This project will help her earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.