Matthew 25 is an Iowa nonprofit that empowers people to transform neighborhoods by giving families access to safe housing, fresh food and opportunities for stability and support.
One of their many projects, Groundswell Café, is a “pay-it-forward” eatery dedicated to providing the Cedar Rapids community with access to fresh, healthy food — regardless of one’s ability to pay. Customers have the option to round up their payment or make a donation to help pay for a meal for any patrons who are unable to afford their meal at full price. Guests who are unable to pay can enjoy their food at no cost, reducing food insecurity and making healthy options more accessible in a neighborhood where more than 75% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunches.
Groundswell Café will receive a $15,000 grant from Simply Organic in 2022 to continue providing free, healthy, organic meals to residents in need.