Feeding Ministries

  • Agape Cafe serves a meal once a week to the hungry and homeless in Iowa City during the school year. Guests order as much as they want off a menu and the food is delivered by a waiter. On an average Wednesday, the Agape Cafe will serve 75-100 guests in 90 minutes. Read more about the ministry here.
  • Connection Cafe serves free lunch to low income and homeless people in Des Moines at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. The Connection Cafe is supported by a consortium of downtown churches called The Bridge. The Cafe seeks to make personal connections with all of our guests and seeks to treat each person with dignity and respect.
  • St. Anne's in Ankeny has a Community Garden. Nine gardens are offered to neighbors and parishioners who may wish to grow vegetables for their own use or to donate to the local food panty. The cost is $10 per garden, and the agreement to maintain it throughout the growing season.
  • Trinity in Iowa City co-facilitates a successful food pantry located inside the city's alternative high school. Read more about their ministry here and here.
  • St. Timothy's in West Des Moines has several feeding ministries. They began a "Faith & Grace" garden that is tended by volunteers and has yielded as much as 16,000 lbs. of food to support local food pantries. Members contribute to a "Faith & Food" fund that helps neighbors in need. They prepare casseroles for the Salvation Army's local mobile canteen, for local food pantries, and the domestic violence shelter and Hope Ministries. Members participate in a "Backpack Ministry" - each week a large backpack is filled with groceries and distributed to a food insecure household. For more information about any of these, email St. Timothy's Office Coordinator.

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