The mission of the Groundswell Café is to provide a place where everyone has access to fresh, healthy food, regardless of their ability to pay.
Our simple healthy menu features delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches, with as much of the food as possible supplied by what we grow less than a mile away on our Cultivate Hope Urban Farm and in our on-site hydroponic garden. The rest of the food is sourced from local and organic suppliers. In addition to healthy local food, we also serve a selection of fair trade coffee and teas.
At this cafe, guests can round up their bill or make a donation to help pay for a meal for someone who can’t afford it. Those who can’t afford to pay can order and enjoy our super-fresh, healthy food at no cost.
The cafe connects people socially, reduces food insecurity, and provides a healthy eating opportunity in a neighborhood where more than 90% of our elementary students receive free or reduced lunches.
Our farm fresh menu changes seasonally. Download the current menu
Monday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 2 PM
Note: The cafe will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The concept is simple: create a café where everyone eats healthy food because everyone shares.
It’s an ancient tradition that goes back to the earliest people. If a person had the gift of being able to go out and gather food, they would bring it back to share with the entire village. Though the way we “gather” food and live in “villages” has changed, sharing for the good of the community is still important, and the Groundswell Cafe is helping to facilitate sharing in today’s modern world.
So if you can give extra, please do. If you need a little help paying for your meal, we’ve got you covered.
If you want to take this further, sit at our community table and take the risk of striking up a conversation with someone you don’t know. We are all about community!
How You Can Help
Contribute to the Pay-it-Forward Fund to help pay for a meal for someone else.
Encourage your business, church, or community organization to sponsor the cafe through our Lunch for Linn program. Your $500 sponsorship will help support the cafe in providing free meals for a week. Your organization’s name and logo will appear on a sign in the cafe for the entire week as well as on our website and facebook page. Contact us for more information.
Volunteer solo or with a group. The Groundswell Cafe is successful in large part because of great volunteers. Volunteers help with serving food, hospitality, busing tables, washing dishes and more. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org / 319-362-2214.
The Groundswell Cafe is proud to serve products from Matthew 25’s Cultivate Hope Urban Farm, Rishi Tea, Equal Exchange, New Pioneer Co-op, Albert’s Organics, Garden Oasis, and Grimm Family Farm.