Rickine welcomes community members to the Sunday feast. She says she loves giving people a place where they can belong.

Rickine Kestin | Serving Up More Than a Meal

Rickine Kestin wanted to create a place where everyone could belong. That’s why she started the weekly Sunday feast at the Solomon’s Porch Foursquare Fellowship.

She jokes that the dinner is like her own episode of “Chopped,” prepared from scratch, and made with whatever is provided through their partnership with the Utah Food Bank and the LDS Bishop’s Storehouse. Some of the recipes are a little outrageous, but she said they’ve always turned out delicious.

Looking around the dining hall, Rickine sees the joy on the faces of those she serves. For her, that’s the real payoff. For some it’s their only warm meal, but she said the feast is really a service for the Southern Utah community she loves.

“It’s not just for the homeless,” Rickine said. “It’s for families, college students, anyone who needs a meal and a place to feel loved.”