Iron Gate began in 1984 with the dedication and hospitality of Trinity Episcopal Church Parishioners. Parishioners made sandwiches and began feeding all hungry and often homeless who entered through the iron gate into the cloister garden. The word quickly spread among the hungry that you could get a meal "at the Iron Gate".
Although Iron Gate has been housed in Trinity Episcopal Church since its inception, it has no religious affiliation and is a separate nonprofit organization. The church provides space, utilities and some administrative support without charge.
Through the years, Iron Gate expanded its food service to include hot meals during the week and sandwiches with fruit on the weekend. In 2010, Iron Gate began serving hot meals on the weekend