Local Non-Profit to Build Community with Food with New Cafe and Event Space

The Ivy Table's new cafe will adopt a pay-what-you-can structure to help improve food security and provide a safe space for the community.
the ivy cafe old alexander building brighton
Street view: Loop Net

The Ivy Table, a local nonprofit organization using food to uplift the community, has been working on converting the old Alexander building in Brighton at 10180 E. Grand River into a pay-what-you-can cafe. The project received approval from the Planning Commission on June 10 and is now fundraising to begin construction.

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“The Brighton Township Planning Commission just unanimously passed our application for the new building. Short of a bit more fundraising, there is nothing standing in our way now! Thanks so much for your prayers!!!!” The Ivy Table posted on its Facebook.

Founded in 2022 by co-founders Barb Peltz, Jessica Smokovitz, and Sandy Morgan, The Ivy Table serves populations suffering from food insecurity in Livingston County, Michigan, and Thailand. The new cafe will be the organization’s first physical space for people to gather and share a meal.

“In addition providing the space needed for our programs to expand, the building will allow us to create a hospitality hub for our community and a regular income stream for our ministry. It will be a place where people from all backgrounds and all income levels can gather for great food and meaningful fellowship,” says the organization’s website.

Xiao daCunha

Xiao daCunha

Xiao Faria daCunha is a practicing visual artist and independent journalist covering what's happening in the Midwest belt. Xiao has written for Chicago Reader, BlockClub Chicago, BRIDGE Chicago, Urban Matter, The Pitch KC, and KCUR. She considers all her practices essential for speaking on behalf of those who haven't been heard, and she sheds light on what hasn't been seen, whether it's emotional, cultural or societal.
Xiao daCunha

Xiao daCunha

Xiao Faria daCunha is a practicing visual artist and independent journalist covering what's happening in the Midwest belt. Xiao has written for Chicago Reader, BlockClub Chicago, BRIDGE Chicago, Urban Matter, The Pitch KC, and KCUR. She considers all her practices essential for speaking on behalf of those who haven't been heard, and she sheds light on what hasn't been seen, whether it's emotional, cultural or societal.

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