Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts HistorySauer, Anne
Oxfam Cafe, 1984
Oxfam Cafe; opened in 1981 to raise money for Oxfam, an international organization that works to end world hunger.
Oxfam Cafe; was originally located in , but was moved to the basement of Eaton when Eaton served as a temporary campus center. Oxfam shared space with the Eaton Cafe, and continued on its own after Eaton Cafe; closed due to lack of profits. In 1993, Oxfam Cafe; was relocated to the rear of Miller Hall, as Eaton was being renovated to make space for extra classrooms and department offices.
Since its inception, Oxfam Cafe; has served only vegetarian foods, and has avoided selling soda, instead offering juices, teas, and coffees. All of the profits, except what is needed to stock the kitchen, are given directly to Oxfam for use in charity programs worldwide. In 1993, Oxfam Cafe's donation of $7,000 was the second largest gift from a college group in the country. Oxfam Cafe also holds concerts and charity events such as the Hunger Banquet, which allows attendees to experience first hand what it's like to live on rice and water alone.
As of 2005, the Oxfam Cafe continues to serve all vegetarian food and sponsors a variety of concerts and poetry readings. Although business has dropped off since their move from their more visible location in Eaton, Oxfam remains a popular place to study and relax.
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