Community meal this Saturday free, open to public

Last year, Rachel von Niederhausern and her husband decided the Cache community could benefit from a community meal at Christmas. So von Niederhausern, who is involved with a nonprofit called Global Neighbor, got to work to make it happen. More than 200 volunteers helped during that first Christmas community meal in 2010, and many expressed a desire to make the meal a regular event. After months of organizing and planning, the first Loaves and Fishes Community Meal took place in May and has taken place the third Saturday of every month since. Each month, a group from the community will help volunteer and plan a menu alongside a board of directors and executive chef for the meal. The meals take place at the First Presbyterian Church on 12 south 200 West. According to Logan Library’s website, the event is supported “by a variety of Cache Valley agencies and organizations, including St Thomas, St John’s, Prince of Peace, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Cache Valley Food Pantry, Volunteer Center, PAWS and others.” This Saturday, Dec. 16, everyone is invited to join in the community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Christmas meal. “Santa Claus is going to come,” von Niederhausern said. Saturday’s event also includes live music, activities for kids and a turkey and roast beef dinner. Some local companies have donated time or food for the event, which is free to the public. Those interested in volunteering for future meals can e-mail von Niederhausern at or call the First Presbyterian church at 752-0871. –

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