Groundswell Cafe

A plate with a baba ganoush special that has eggplant and greens, along with a side salad, all sitting on top of a table with a roll of silver wear.


Due to storm damage, Groundswell Cafe will be closed until further notice.

The Matthew 25 building and Groundswell Cafe sustained significant storm damage from the derecho on Aug. 10. The cafe will be closed until further notice and our staff is focusing on helping the city recover from the widespread damage and loss of electricity. 

If you’d like to contribute financially to Matthew 25 and Groundswell Cafe, click this link. You can also donate through our Facebook page or by mailing a check to Matthew 25 at 201 Third Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Please stay safe and check out the Matthew 25 website or the City of Cedar Rapids’ website for a list of resource centers and other forms of assistance. 



Purchase an eGift Cards for Groundswell Cafe!

Looking for a way to support the Cafe? Groundswell now offers eGift Cards that can be bought online and redeemed in the Cafe! You can purchase for yourself, or you can send one to a friend or family member.

It’s simple! Click this link to be taken to the Square website – our payment partner. Pick a design you like, choose an amount, and enter your payment information. Then, check your email for your eGift Card! These can be redeemed any time the Cafe is open.

Thank you for supporting Groundswell Cafe! Your purchase helps support our mission. If you’d like to donate to the pay-it-forward fund to help feed people in need, click here.


Community Served Here

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, sandwiches, and omelets 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.


Please check back for our latest menu once we reopen.




Monday:  CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED


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

Picture of a place setting with a grilled cheese sandwich, a cup of tomato soup with croutons, a side of potato chips, and a green roll of silverwear.
Our recent special: grilled cheese and house-made roasted tomato soup.

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 $750 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, learn more here or contact us at / 319-362-2214.

Spread the word! Tell your friends and family about our food and our mission. Review us on Yelp, Google, or Facebook to let others know how much you love us!


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.