Connection Cafe

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 30 churches, schools and civic groups donate and serve an average of 146 meals to 114 people on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. In 2011, more than 2150 volunteers served 38,675 meals.

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.  The Connection Café 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.

Connection Café food preparation is always the second Tuesday of each month.  Food is prepared at St John the Apostle and taken to the Connection Café serving site downtown.  To become involved with Connection Café here at St John the Apostle please contact Tom Smolen at


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