The thought of preparing a meal for a large group of people can be overwhelming, but what would it be like to provide 115,000 meals each year? Just ask Judy Doud, Executive Director of the Ogden Rescue Mission.
According to Doud, individuals enrolled in the mission’s program receive breakfast and lunch. Since the Ogden Rescue Mission does not accept government funding, it relies upon donations from the community to provide the food for these meals. “We use everything we get. We prepare everything from casseroles to toasted ham and cheese sandwiches with tomato soup,” said Doud.
Many of the people who receive the meals are victims of violence and a high percentage battle addictions. The Rescue Mission helps them get a fresh start. Along with providing daily meals, the Rescue Mission provides career and spiritual guidance. Doud loves to see the transformations individuals make. “It’s amazing… you see some people come to us who are completely miserable. Our programs help not only to feed them, but clean up their lives.”
Weber State Credit Union has conducted a food drive to support the Ogden Rescue Mission for the past seven years. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any WSCU Branch through December 8th. Foods high in protein, such as tuna fish, canned meats, soup, chili and peanut butter are espeically needed. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible monetary donation and have WSCU do the shopping for you, you may do so online at www.weberstatecu.com.