Mother Marianne's West Side Kitchen celebrates six years

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Mother Marianne's West Side Kitchen is celebrating six years of serving lunch to the less fortunate.

The food is served out of the St. Joseph-St. Patrick Parish Center on Columbia Street in Utica. Volunteers open the building for one hour daily to serve a meal, and in just one month, more than 3,000 meals were served.

But for the director, the kitchen means more than just a sandwich and soup.

"We're not just here to provide a meal seven days a week," said Vicki Montalbano. "It's an outing. It's an experience. It's being around positive people."

Most of the funds for the soup kitchen come from private donations, and for the fourth straight year, you can bring canned goods to the St. Patrick's Day parade to help out the organization.

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