Gather, Share, Support

The Free Community Meal and Resource Fair began in 2011 as the project of one person at one church who wanted to bring together the Ogden community to share a meal and hospitality.

Event planning grew to several people at several houses of faith and provided coats, haircuts and hygiene kits. A resource fair was added in 2015 to better connect the community to the services available. The event is now run by a standalone organization with no specific church affiliation. One does not need to belong to a faith community to volunteer or to attend.

The Free Community Meal attained 501(c)(3) status as a public charity on July 14, 2017. Contributions made on and after this date are tax deductible. 

Free Community Meal Board

John Uscilka, co-chair, logistics
Contractor, Ogden

Jennifer Elwell, co-chair, resource fair, volunteers
Teacher, Ogden

Jessie Yasenko, food coordinator, webmaster, communications
Iron worker, Syracuse

Marlene Waters, co-treasurer, resource fair, coat distribution coordinator 
Mission elder, Ogden

Debbie Davis, co-treasurer, children’s activities, social media director
Retired, Ogden

Christy Cottrell, hospitality coordinator
Assistant orthotist, Ogden

Rev. Gage Church, coat coordinator emeritus
Minister, Kansas

Community Partners

Marshall White Community Center

Weber State University