Food

Food brings communities together. That’s one reason Matthew 25 empowers kids and families to grow, eat, and preserve fresh, high-quality food right in their own neighborhoods.

Urban Farm

Matthew 25 has grown more than 30,000 pounds of food in its first-in-Iowa urban farm (437 G Ave NW) and school gardens. Everything is grown without pesticides or herbicides, using sustainable practices.

 

Market

Purchase our fresh, nutritious produce that is grown in the heart of the city. Come to our Cultivate Hope Market at the urban farm from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Tuesdays between May 29 and October 30. Produce is sold at half price for income qualified individuals through our Farm Fresh Friends program. EBT/SNAP accepted. Note: Please leave your dogs at home because we can’t allow them on the farm where we’re growing food.

 

Community Gardens

See how Matthew 25 connects recent immigrants and other community members with garden space through the Cultivate Hope Community Gardens Program.

 

Groundswell Cafe – A Pay-it-Forward Eatery

The mission of the Groundswell Café is to provide a place where everyone has access to fresh, healthy food, regardless of their ability to pay. Our simple plant-based menu features delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches, with as much of the food as possible supplied by what we grow on our urban farm and in our on-site hydroponic system.

At this cafe, guests can round up their bill or make a donation to help pay for a meal for someone who can’t afford it. Those who can’t afford to pay will be able to order and enjoy our super-fresh, healthy food at no cost.

 

Food Education

In its first 10 years, Matthew 25 helped more than 1,500 people in the Cedar Rapids area learn about growing healthy food. Discover the wide range of food-related education programs for youth and adults, including summer camps, school garden programs, and more.