SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Four hours before meal time and these volunteers are preparing the food they’ll be serving.
“Anybody, no questions asked. If you come through the door, we serve you.” said Tom DiPietro, Chef Manager
St. Francis of Assisi kitchen serves around 14-hundred meals each week.
“A lot of the folks who come here simply wouldn’t be able to make ends meet without the free meals.” said Monsignor Joseph Kelly, Director of St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen.
The kitchen opened in 1978, and since that time it has served more than 2-million meals.
It’s an effort made possible by an endless stream of volunteers like Mary Ann Bobar.
She’s been in this kitchen each Thursday for the past 22 years.
“I wouldn’t be coming this long if I didn’t enjoy it.”
In her time, she’s helped to feed thousands of people.
Many of them have made an impact on her life, too.
“We have a lot of regulars come in, and you enjoy seeing them again.”
The kitchen does not decline food to anyone.
“There are a lot of needy people out there. No jobs. They’ve gotta have something. Where are they going to get it?” Noted DiPietro.
To help our communities many of us at Eyewitness News will be volunteering our time scooping up meals right along side these volunteers at st. Francis and also at other food banks around the area.
Monsignor Joseph Kelly appreciates the help “Without the volunteers we wouldn’t be able to afford what we do.”
If you would like to volunteer call (570) 342-5556 or online at: Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen.