FEEDING BRISBANE'S HOMELESS FOR OVER 47 YEARS

WHAT WE DO

For more than 47 years, the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade (ECB) has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and politically under-represented members of Brisbane's community. ​ Hunger isn't seasonal, which is why our year-round delivery of a nourishing breakfast to Brisbane's homeless is so important.

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Founded in 1970 by Brisbane missionary Louisa Toogood

More than 150 people volunteer for us each year and make a difference in the lives of those in need. Find out how you can make a real difference to real people and become a part of our Coffee Brigade team - click the Volunteer button in the top menu.

  • NUMBER OF PEOPLE

    WE FEED DAILY (APPROX)

  • YEARS OF OPERATION

    SINCE FOUNDATION (1970)

  • TOTAL DAYS MISSED

    IN THOSE 47 YEARS !!

LOUISA TOOGOOD

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LOUISA TOOGOOD (1903-1993)

Founder & MBE
Brisbane based Anglican missionary Louisa Toogood founded the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade when she saw a need to minister to homeless & marginalised people within the CBD, offering them food and a hot drink every morning.​

Founder’s Message

"We are committed to ensuring that every day of the year the ECB van goes out onto the streets of Brisbane to serve food and drink and offer a welcoming presence. We seek to offer those we meet respect and acceptance by treating all with dignity. We look for new ways of ensuring that the needs of the people we serve are respected and responded to whenever possible." Louisa Toogood

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