Second Monday of the month, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Connection Cafe, located in St. Paul's Undercroft, serves FREE lunch 5 days a week. The people of St. Paul's are responsible to serve the meal on the 2nd Monday of each month. The meal is simple, and is prepared the day before, right after the 10 am service. The sign-up poster is located outside the Guild Hall. Check it out and sign up!
4 - 6 people at 11:30 on the day we serve
FOOD NEEDS - Brought and labeled for sandwich-making the Sunday before
12 loaves of bread
150 servings of fruit
150 cookies or treats
150 single serving bags of chips
sandwich meat and cheese to make 150 sandwiches
4 gallons of milk or fruit juice
disposable food service gloves
The Connection Cafe serves lunch five days a week to homeless and low income individuals and families in downtown Des Moines. Under the direction of a paid coordinator, volunteers from more than 50 churches, schools and civic groups donate and serve an average of 137 meals to 105 people on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. St. Paul's Undercroft is the site where the Free Lunches are served.
The Connection Cafe is a program created by The Bridge, a collaboration of four downtown Des Moines churches as part of their mission to minister to the poor. St. Ambrose Cathedral, St. John's Lutheran church, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral and First United Methodist church created The Bridge, which was designated a private non-profit 501c 3 entity by the US government in 2001. Established as the result of a bequest to St. John's, the Connection Cafe became a program of The Bridge as it sought ways to accomplish the goal of enriching the lives of those living, working or worshipping in downtown Des Moines. The Bridge is governed by a Board of Directors representing clergy and members from the collaborating churches.