“Breaking bread – it’s a community thing” – Bethany Kuhn, UGM sous chef.
Food is about so much more than food. It symbolizes grace, warmth, community, family, a sense of belonging.
Bethany Kuhn (pronounced Que-in) gets that: “My daddy was a preacher. Every church function had food. Every time we went visiting or calling, there was food involved. So, I feel like any kind of interaction you have with people should involve food.”
People generally come into UGM shelters hungry, worn out and discouraged. They receive a tray of food, lovingly prepared, from a smiling volunteer and sit down at a table surrounded by community.
UGM couldn't serve more than 300,000 meals a year without the grocery stores, restaurants, food service distributors and other commercial partners that donate food every single day. In fact, UGM food partners make it possible to share out of that abundance and feed the hungry across the region.