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.


Groundswell Cafe reopening May 18 for curbside pickup, family-style meals


Click here to order!


Starting May 18, Groundswell Cafe will begin offering family-style, take-and-bake meals that can be ordered online and picked up curbside. This will be the first phase of reopening the cafe in a way that allows customers to order our delicious food during this pandemic. 


Take & Bake Menu:



Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Fresh strawberries and rhubarb (incorporating rhubarb from our Urban Farm) topped with our buttery oat crumbles.
Small Pan Serves Approx 4: $16 
Large Pan Serves Approx 6: $22




Chicken Fajitas: Roasted Bell Peppers and Onions, Fajita-seasoned Chicken, and Rice served with corn tortillas, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and fresh lime.  
Small Pan Serves Approx 3-4: $24
Large Pan Serves Approx 5-6: $34
Creamy Chicken and Rice: Baked Chicken Breast served over a bed of celery and mushroom, and a bed of creamy rice.  
Small Pan Serves Approx 3: $21
Large Pan Serves Approx 5: $31
Baked Rigatoni: Whole wheat pasta served layered with house-made Lentil Marinara, italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and bread crumbs.  (Can be made vegetarian by substituting mushroom for sausage). 
Small Pan Serves 3-4: $24
Large Pan Serves 5-6: $34
Eggplant Lasagna (vegan): Thinly sliced eggplant with house-made Tofu Ricotta, and Lentil Marinara.  
Small Pan Serves Approx 4: $24
Large Pan Serves Approx 6: $34
Yellow Potato Curry: Yellow rice served alongside a house-made potato curry sauce with chickpeas, carrots, and onions. 
Small Pan Serves Approx 3: $21
Large Pan Serves Approx 5: $31


Beefy Italian Salad: Mixed greens topped with red peppers, onions, grape tomatoes, roast beef, and Feta cheese. Served with our house-made creamy Italian dressing. 
Small Pan: As Meal Serves Approx 2, As Side serves Approx 4-6. $17
Large Pan: As Meal Serves Approx 3, As Side Serves Approx 5-7 $22
Sweet Peanut Salad (vegan): Mixed greens topped with red peppers, onions, baked sweet potatoes, red cabbage, and peanuts. Served with our house-made Sweet Peanut dressing.  
Small Pan: As Meal Serves Approx 2, As Side serves Approx 4-5. $16
Large Pan: As Meal Serves Approx 3, As Side Serves Approx 6-7 $21
Garden Veggie: Mixed greens topped with grape tomatoes, sliced cucumber, shredded carrot, red cabbage, hard boiled egg, and cheddar cheese. Served with either house-made ranch dressing or balsamic vinaigrette. 
Small Pan: As Meal Serves Approx 2, As Side serves Approx 4-6. $16
Large Pan: As Meal Serves Approx 3, As Side Serves Approx 5-7 $21



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.


Click here to view menu options and order online!



** Please note that the cafe is only serving to-go items with curbside pickup. **

Monday:  11 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday:  11 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday:  11 AM – 6 PM
Thursday:  11 AM – 6 PM
Friday:  11 AM – 6 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, 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.