WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The “St. Vincent de Paul” kitchen in Wilkes-Barre has been serving this community for 35 years.
As the need for hot meals continues to grow in our area, so does the need for help behind the counter.
Our Haley Bianco had the opportunity to see how much work goes into each meal at the soup kitchen.
Here’s a look at lunchtime.
“I can’t feed the world, but I can help feed this area” Said Carol Rhines. She has been volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul’s Soup Kitchen for more than 20 years. She’s one of many volunteers who make sure hundreds of hungry people get a hot meal every day.
“I’ve been coming here since January. I was hungry and didn’t have no money. These people feed you, and they don’t turn nobody away.” Mike Swann told Eyewitness News.
The soup kitchen in Wilkes-Barre feeds about 300-people a day.
“It’s all scopes of life that come in here.” Said Michael Cianciaotta, Soup Kitchen Program Director.
From families to the elderly to veterans People can come by, no questions asked.
“People that work here are very nice and very good people, too” Darlena Maslar comes here to get food for herself and her husband, John. “He’s 100-percent disabled from Vietnam. He’s my hero.”
The kitchen relies on food and financial donations to keep going.
This year marks 35 years of service. Volunteers like Mary Burns, who’s been volunteering for 26 years, plan to help as long as possible “As long as i can stand on my two feet.”
The volunteers prepare meals full of protein with sides of vegetables and even desserts. St. Vincent’s serves lunch seven days a week, and dinner three days a week… 365 days a year.
“Grateful, thankful, you know.” Said Donna Gillen
“All their smiles make me happy, and they all smile” Summed up Carol Rhines.
The 35th anniversary gala for St. Vincent de Paul kitchen is coming up.
Join Dave Kuharchik on October 6th for the celebration.
It’s happening at Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter, from five to nine p.m.
For reservations, call (570) 822-7118 ext. 305 You may also purchase tickets online at https://100000meals.eventbrite.com
The deadline for ticket reservations is September 25th.