Agape Cafe Celebrates 20 Years

By Brad Maxwell, Reporter


By Ellen Kurt

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Marking 20 years is worth celebrating in Iowa City for one weekly breakfast program that has served so many who appreciate the extra support.

The Agape Café of Iowa City celebrated 20 years of service Saturday with breakfast and a show. Volunteers served plate after plate of hot breakfast as the Irish Academy of Irish Dance stepped to the beat of music. Those who attended the breakfast enjoyed all of this free of charge.

The café has offered this free meal service on Wednesday mornings since 1993, with hopes of increasing attendance. Agape volunteers welcome anyone to attend the weekly breakfast, which provides a restaurant feel.

"There's a lot of places that serve doughnuts and coffee or stuff like that. To come in and be treated like you're at a resteraunt and have a full hot breakfast is just really special for them," Laura Semken, volunteer coordinator, said.

Volunteers say attendance has slightly decreased after the Iowa City homeless shelter moved further away, but they hope to solve this issue in the future.

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