We believe that what we do within each ministry should flow purposefully out of what we value and love. We work together to feed the hungry.

The Connection Cafe

Located in the lower level of the Cathedral (the Undercroft), the Connection Cafe is a meal program that offers lunch at no cost to homeless and low income individuals and families. 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. In 2014, over 37,650 meals were served.

You can provide, prepare and/or serve meals. You can help on a one-time basis or on the regular schedule. You can come and serve on your lunch break or help out in some other way. To get involved in Des Moines' ecumenical eatery, contact , Cafe Coordinator.

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BackPack Program


The BackPack Program™ is designed to lessen the consequence of chronic childhood hunger by providing a sack of kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare foods to low-income elementary school children on weekends when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced-price meal program. There is no cost for children, their families or schools to participate in the BackPack Program™. Members of the Cathedral pack and deliver foods to Lovejoy Elementary School monthly; the packs are distributed to children every Friday. To become involved, contact Patti Graham.

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Shelter Meal

Since 1992 Central Iowa Shelter & Services’ mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.

Each year, approximately 2,000 homeless women and men receive emergency shelter and supportive services to help them move beyond homelessness. Members of St. Paul's serve a meal at the shelter every month. For more information, contact Rev. John Doherty.

Use this link to sign up to provide food, or serve:

 Central Iowa Shelter Meal 

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Food Pantry

We collect food and provide financial support for the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Sites. Drop off your non-perishable contribution on Sunday or during business hours.  Move the Food is a DMARC-led initiative to address the entire food system in Greater Des Moines, building on nearly 40 years of food assistance work, catalyzing fresh generations, and engaging new constituencies to further support a vision for a day when everyone in Polk County has enough to eat.

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Lovejoy School Food Pantry

Once a month we transport over 1000 pounds of food from the Food Bank of Iowa to Lovejoy Elementary School for their Food Pantry. That food is distributed to people in the school area which need their food supply supplemented. The usual date for transport is the first Thursday of the month. This is one more partnership we have with Lovejoy School and the Food Bank of Iowa.