The Groundswell Cafe will be CLOSED
on Tuesday, November 13.

We apologize for any inconvenience!

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


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, we still need to share.

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 donate $500 to Buy Lunch for Linn. Your organization’s name will appear on the wall of the cafe for a week and the money will cover free lunches for more than 50 people. 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 Linda Butler at or 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.