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Eliminating barriers to nutritious food

Fresh, quality food should be accessible to all, regardless of where you live or how much you make. Here’s how Matthew 25 is making it a reality in the community.

$78,000+ Value of food given away in 2022

3,000+ People engaged in our food programs each month

22 Weeks per year our market sells sustainably grown, fresh produce


Planting Roots For Healthier Lives

We want everyone in Cedar Rapids to have access to fresh food, and the opportunity to grow it themselves.

Matthew 25 operates a 2-acre urban farm, a weekly urban produce market, a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) subscription program and community gardens, all designed to bring fresh, quality produce to areas of the city that need it most.


Cultivate Hope Urban Farm

Iowa's first urban farm, growing fresh produce for the Corner Store, Groundswell Cafe, and the community, plus educational opportunities for schools and groups.

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Cultivate Hope Markets

A weekly produce market, featuring organic, sustainably-grown foods from our Urban Farm.

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Community Supported Agriculture

Sign up and take home fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for 22 weeks from May to October.

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Community Gardens

Start growing your own food with access to resources like compost and gardening tools.

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Our Stores

Our Mission-Based Grocery and Cafe

We offer free or reduced-price food options for those in need. Groundswell Cafe is a pay-it forward eatery where guests can round up their bill or donate to help pay for a meal for someone who is struggling. Our Cultivate Hope Corner Store helps people stretch their food budget by offering a section of produce that is completely free.

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Latest News

Take a Look at What’s Happening

Check out what we’ve been up to lately and what’s coming soon. Learn about upcoming events and other ways to get involved.


Matthew 25 Featured on PBS Show “Iowa Life”

We're thrilled to have Groundswell Cafe and Cultivate Hope Corner Store highlighted in this statewide show!

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Gardening Workshops Are Back By Popular Demand

Registration is now open for our 2024 Gardening Workshops!

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CSA feature


CSA Registration Is Now Open

Enjoy produce grown at our Urban Farm all summer long!

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Stories of Impact

Healthy Food During Cancer Treatments

While being treated for cancer, one of our Cultivate Hope Corner Store shoppers has been stocking up on our Good Meals To Go with every visit. She needs healthy food to strengthen her body during this process and was thrilled to discover that she can get a well-rounded meal at an affordable price, without the stress of shopping, planning, and cooking.

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Stories of Impact

Community Built at Groundswell Cafe

One of Groundswell Cafe’s regular customers made sure to bring her daughter, who she had recently reunited with, to the Cafe and introduce her to “her friends” on staff.

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