Serving lunch to the hungry and homeless since 2004

"When I was hungry you gave me food...

I was thirsty and you gave me drink...

I was a stranger and you welcomed me."

Feeding the hungry...

The Connection Cafe is a free lunch program for homeless and low income individuals and families in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. We serve lunch at noon, every Monday-Friday to our honored guests.

We operate under the auspices of The Bridge, a 501 c 3 non-profit, ecumenical organization that is comprised of four downtown churches: St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Ambrose Catholic Cathedral, First United Methodist, and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul Episcopal.

We rely on your generosity...

We rely on the generosity of volunteer groups who provide the food, prepare it and help serve lunch to over 100 guests 5 days a week. The program provides the venue, a small kitchen, and table service.

Temporary Meal Site:

St. Johns Lutheran Church
600 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA  50309

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
― Kahlil Gibran

St. Paul's Cathedral

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