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.

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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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. 

Monetary contributions are welcome anytime, and will be credited to your personal St. Paul’s contributions. Thank you!

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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. You can also help by delivering the food and products to the DMARC warehouse. Contact Deacon John Doherty for details. 

Food Bank Needs

Please don’t forget the Food Bank of Iowa Pantry. Donations of food or money are always welcome, and you can bring them with you on Sundays. Here is a list of the most needed items for the Food Bank of Iowa.

Healthy versions of the following items:

  • 100 percent juice
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meat
  • Pasta
  • Crackers
  • Canned Spaghetti sauce
  • Hot Cereal
  • Cold Cereal

Other Needed Items:

  • Diapers and wipes
  • Infant/baby formula

Cash donations are also accepted for wholesale food purchases and fresh products.  When doing your own grocery shopping, please be mindful of others in need. For a full listing of needs and ways to help, please visit www.MovetheFood.org. Thank you!

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