Fellowship Cafe Stays Strong with Donations

A generous idea is seeing huge success in Northern Michigan.

A Crawford County restaurant still up and running despite a unique business approach.

The Fellowship Cafe near the corner of old 27 and may lake road in frederic operates only on donations.

We introduced you to the cafe back in April. That’s when the owners decided to start operating on a donation basis.

It’s been two months since the Fellowship Cafe took prices off the menu and the Thompson family says it’s been a wild success.

“I just had a family from Texas and they heard about the first interview they actually seen it on TV and I thought that was really good,” says Kevin Thompson, the cafe owner.

Not only have donations soared for the cafe. They’ve also seen a huge increase in clothing and other items donated for people in the community through their Mary’s Ministry, a cause their daughter started to help those in need. Their garage is full of donated items.

“That’s our problem right now, it’s starting to build up. That and the fact that we could use some shelving and stuff to kind of get rid of all the chaos [in the garage],” says Kevin.

But it’s welcomed chaos, and devoted customers are thrilled to see the positive impact they’re making. David Pinkelman comes in every morning for breakfast.

“I think it’s great. Everything they’re doing is great. They’re nice people… they got good food, so you can’t beat it,” says Pinkelman.

And people living in the community like knowing they don’t have to stress about paying for a nice meal.

“It gives them the opportunity to though if they would like to go out and sit down and have a nice meal. I just think it’s a cool concept,” says Miranda Davis.

For the Thompsons, having success confirms their faith in other people.

“It just lets you know that there’s a lot of people out there that still want to do good and they just want the opportunity,” says Kevin.