Pay-It-Forward with Groundswell Cafe

Groundswell Cafe’s foundation is built upon a simple belief: everyone deserves access to healthy food. In order to make this a reality for those who live in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area, Matthew 25 (a non-profit organization) decided to open a lunch cafe that operates on a pay-it-forward business model. Those who can afford to can make a donation that will be put towards the meals of those who can’t.

Eating at Groundswell is good for the community in more ways than one – most of the food served comes from Matthew 25’s Cultivate Hope Urban Garden. And to encourage interactions between the diverse set of customers, a community table is set up so you can easily converse with fellow diners.

Rapids was proud to be a part of this project, sourcing several pieces of kitchen equipment based on the needs of the restaurant, including two sandwich prep tables and a reach-in refrigerator and freezer.

Stop by Groundswell Cafe today to enjoy a delicious, fresh meal and help address the hunger disparity that affects so many in our nation.

For more information on their mission, check out this article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Groundswell Cafe
201 3rd Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Find out more about Matthew 25 and the Groundswell Cafe on their website