Second Monday of the month, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Cathedral Church of St. Paul | Des Moines, 815 High Street, Des Moines, IA US 50309

Coordinator: Rev. John Doherty | (5152776165)

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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 to volunteer at the link below or the poster located outside the Guild Hall!

Sign Up to Volunteer Here!


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

sandwich bags

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.