Starbucks has expanded its Community Café programme to 20 cafes in Great Britain.

The coffee chain had previously been supporting four not-for profit cafes, in partnership with Neighbourly – an online platform connecting charities, businesses and communities – as part of a pilot programme beginning in August last year.

The programme supports dedicated local community spaces across Britain with product donations.

The 20 cafes now supported will also be able to place regular orders in the same way that a traditional Starbucks store would for essential items such as tea, coffee and milk jugs.

Clare Walker, communications director, Starbucks EMEA, said: “Since our earliest days we have recognised the importance of Starbucks stores’ role in the communities they serve, and our community café programme in the UK is a great way to celebrate this and collaborate with vital café spaces.

“In Starbucks 20th year in the UK, we’re proud to extend our programme to 20 community cafes, linking them to local stores and supporting the invaluable work they do in their communities.”