Priest’s “Five Loaves” restaurants set new trends


By: Matters India Reporter

Kottayam, Nov 9: The ‘Anjappam’ collective initiated by a Capuchin priest to feed the hungry with love and respect has opened its fourth branch in Changanacherry in Kottayam district in Kerala on Nov 1st.

The latest addition located in Panachikkal Buildings in the heart of Changanassery town was inaugurated by Capuchin Father Bobby Jose Kattikad, who is popularly known as ‘Bobbyachan.”

Fr. Kattikad is known for his preaching, writing and evangelization through television, radio and social media.

Anjappam (five loaves), a concept visualized by Fr. Kattikad and supported and facilitated by a community of friends who supports financially or otherwise, irrespective of caste or religion.

Fr Bobby Jose Kattikad

Anjappam restaurants have no cash desk or bills. Instead it has a box kept inside where people make contributions if they wish to. During the day, the restaurants act as places where good, healthy meals are available at affordable prices and in the evenings, they are transformed into libraries with reading spaces. It also acts as a hub for discussions and book reviews.

The restaurant chain funds itself through voluntary donations by customers. They uphold the thought that donations need not be in terms of money .Anyone who intends to help the poor and needy always have an option available here. This can be as spending one’s time at the restaurants, serving food and helping with cleaning activities.

The restaurants serve only vegetarian food. The members of the Trust take care to ensure that a majority of the vegetables are acquired locally so that they can provide healthy as well as environment friendly food, which is good for both the body and mind.

Anjappam also plans to distribute basic food packs free of cost to the homeless and other needy sections of society.

Anjappam currently has three other branches in Kerala – Ranni, Neyyattinkara and Kozhencherry.

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2 thoughts on “Priest’s “Five Loaves” restaurants set new trends

  1. This is truly a great service which combines charity with intellectual stimulation. A wonderful act of both feeding and teaching to fish, even though the two fish are not with the five loaves!

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