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Who Are We

Take Root Cafe was started to address the intertwined impacts of the industrial food system - food insecurity, dietary-related diseases, and a weakening rural economy.  Our mission is to alleviate hunger and promote health by offering nourishing, high quality, local food on a pay-what-you-can basis


From the ED



Yes, after serving for two and a half years, I am stepping down as Executive Director due to lack of funding for my position. 

Take Root has plenty of exciting plans, and I remain committed to our mission.  I'll be participating as a volunteer - perhaps you will too - as we look to build a new cafe, and continue to deliver on our mission.

You may contact the board at TRBoard@takerootkirksville.oug for details.

April 26, 2022

RE: Transplanting Take Root Cafe

The Take Root Board of Directors invites the community to participate in the cafe's comeback.

Take Root Cafe was founded in 2015 with the mission to alleviate hunger and promote health by offering nourishing, high-quality, local food on a pay-what-you-can basis. Unfortunately, the cafe was forced to close its doors at its Harrison Street location in June 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, Take Root has continued to exist as a not-for-profit organization, offering regular community meals, selling coffee and scones at the Farmer’s Market, and determining what our next steps should be.

Since the problem of food insecurity in our area is more acute than ever, Take Root's Board of Directors invites all members of the Kirksville community to join them for a discussion of the cafe's future. This gathering will take place at 7 PM on Thursday, May 12, at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 S High St, in Kirksville.  

The organizers envision this event as an opportunity for Kirksville's supportive community to help transplant Take Root Cafe. This gathering will provide valued and sustaining community members an opportunity to learn about and help with the next steps in reopening a cafe on the Kirksville square.

For further information, please contact

Our Community Dinners

As part of our work to provide the people of Adair County with affordable, healthy food Take Root has partnered with the First Presbyterian Church to serve a monthly community dinner.

Twice a month, we are making a delicious, nutritious meal available to anyone in our community. Our dinners are scratch-made & locally sourced wherever possible.  We believe that everyone should have access to good food; our 'pay-what-you-can' mission means the food is offered at no cost, with donations accepted - no one is turned away.

Our dinners are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month and run from 3-6 P.M. To receive your take-away meal, please come to the parking lot during operating hours and let the volunteer know how many meals you would like. Our volunteers will then retrieve your meals and deliver them to your car. 


Thanks for your support in 2021!

Our "By The Numbers report provides a picture our 2021 program in terms of meals served, food costs and more.  We are patricularly pleased to report that close to 70% of our food was sourced in Adair County.  Click on the report to download the full PDF

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Our next dinner will be Spring 2022.

Many Thanks to our November Dinner Sponsors ... 

Mi Casa Restaurant Link
Paul Stevens American Family Insurance
Kirksville Motor Company Link
Home Depot LInk

And a generous grant from 

sparklight charitable giving program

Business Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring a Community Dinner allows you to partner with Take Root in helping to ensure that all are able to access our nutritious meals regardless of economic circumstances.


Business Sponsorship opportunities levels:

  • Chef:     $1,000

  • Cook:       $500

  • Server:     $300

Business Owners - You're working to build a stronger Kirksville.  So are We. Let's Partner!


Business sponsorships allow you to showcase your contribution on our media channels, celebrating our partnership as we work to address food insecurity.  Contact Will for details at

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