Food Partners: A Win-Win Relationship

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Oct 3, 2018 11:52:16 AM

Food service partners provide the bulk of the ingredients for the meals served at the Union Gospel Mission, which added up to more than 310,000 in 2017. But those meals are still only a part of how UGM helps feed the hungry thanks to those partnerships.

UGM’s refrigerated truck driver goes out five days a week to pick up food donations from grocery stores, restaurants and distributors. Those foods end up in UGM’s six kitchens (four shelters, Student Impact Center and UGM Camp) as well as in partnering churches, food pantries and other organizations that work to feed the hungry in our region.

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Setting God's Table at a Homeless Shelter

Posted by Union Gospel Mission Apr 11, 2018 1:34:13 PM

One of the reasons the Union Gospel Mission exists is to feed the hungry. We live in an extremely generous community that provides resources and services to help that happen. But somebody has to be in charge from day to day! Matt Cage, kitchen supervisor at the Center for Women and Children in Coeur d’Alene, sees his job as more than just meal planning and cooking – he feeds the hungry in more ways than one. We asked him a few questions about what his world is like.

Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got connected to the Union Gospel Mission.

I moved to North Idaho from San Diego after a 27-year career with Nordstrom came to an end.  I began going to Lake City Community Church, and that is where I heard Phil Altmeyer speak at the men’s breakfast. I was not working and was volunteering my time in the community.

Several people mentioned to me that I should apply to UGM in Coeur d’Alene. After several suggestions from others, I went and put my application in at the Center for Women and Children. All I knew about UGM was from what I heard Phil speak about, and I thought it was located in Spokane. The Center is truly an amazing ministry.  I am grateful to be a part of what God is doing here.


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Feeding the Hungry, Body and Soul

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Oct 19, 2017 2:22:36 PM

As a kid, I sat on a stool countless times and watched my mom prepare dinner. She didn’t love cooking and wasn’t thrilled to have an idle audience, so sitting there placed me in prime position to be pressed into service: stirring, chopping, setting the table or getting a head start on the dishes.

Most of the time, I didn’t even mind. When Mom was there, the kitchen was the heart of our home. We were unconsciously drawn there because she was there, it was warm, it smelled good, and there was the promise of a delicious meal coming our way.

The kitchen at the Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter seems to have the same magnetic quality.  Serving about 500 meals a day just at that location, it isn’t the type of cozy, domestic place I enjoyed in my childhood, but it still attracts people to come closer, to enjoy the welcome, the warmth, the love, and – of course – the food!

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More than Soup: feeding the hungry

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Oct 2, 2015 10:20:00 AM

The Union Gospel Mission serves about 1,000 meals a day at its four shelters, and if you’ve ever visited during meal time, you know we’re not talking about 1,000 bowls of soup. The Men's Shelter offers a full salad bar at lunch each day along with hot choices such as cioppino, lamb stew, Jamaican jerk chicken, red beans with rice, and Louisiana Pork over creamy mashed potatoes.

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Feeding the Poor Vs. Feeding the Rich

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Nov 5, 2014 7:42:00 PM

Feeding the Hungry Series

Meet Derek Mobley

Derek Mobley could be working with lobster and filet mignon on a daily basis as a cook at the Spokane Country Club. Instead, he’s figuring out how to use moose meat confiscated from a poacher and how many turkeys it takes to feed over 1,000 people on Thanksgiving.

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UGM Camp: Feeding hungry kids

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 24, 2014 10:37:00 AM

To the heart...through the stomach

By Jenny Weddle, UGM Camp Director

Photos by Clare Pursch

James Beard, the famous chef, once said: “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” At UGM Camp, food becomes not just a universal experience, but also an important link in the effort to reach kids for Jesus.

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Soup's On!

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Nov 30, 2012 12:59:36 PM

 We talk a lot about the Union Gospel Mission being "More than Soup," but truth be told, soup can be a delicious, nutritious meal, and we eat a lot of it around here. There's a pot on the stove every day of the week. Help us make it a great pot. Send us your favorite soup recipe. You can paste it into the comment section below or email it to We’ll pick one to make with the residents in the kitchen and post a picture on social made with any recipes we receive. So . . . hit us with your most delicious, most nutritious, most irresistible SOUP!

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