Mother Marianne's Westside Kitchen of Utica will be a part of "Culture Fest - A Festival Of Nations" on April 26th at the Stanley Theater. Mother Marianne's is there every day of the year, helping those in need in our local community.

In speaking with Vicki Montabalno, Director of Mother Marianne's Westside Kitchen, she said that they hope to create awareness in their organization at Culture Fest. People can stop by their exhibit, learn about the good works they do year round and sample some delicious German Blueberry Cobbler!

Mother Marianne's West Side Kitchen Man Serving
courtesy of Vicki Montalbano, Director, Mother Marianne's Westside Kitchen

If you're not familiar with Mother Marriane's Westside Kitchen, here is a brief look, according to

"Mother Marianne’s Westside Kitchen is a soup kitchen located at the St. Joseph – St. Patrick Parish Center at Varick and Columbia streets in Utica, New York. We are an all volunteer operation that serves thousands of meals each year to those in need.

Mother Marianne's West Side Kitchen - Children Facebook
courtesy of Mother Marianne's Westside Kitchen Facebook Page with permission from Vicki Montalbano, Director

We provide meals seven days a week for those in need within the community. Anyone is welcome for lunch, from young children to senior citizens. Lunch is served each day from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Hot lunches are served Monday through Friday, and bag lunches are served on Saturday and Sunday.

Mother Marianne's West Side Kitchen Woman
courtesy of Vicki Montalbano, Director, Mother Marianne's Westside Kitchen

Mother Marianne's Westside Kitchen helps to feed people of all kinds including the working poor, the unemployed, the homeless and individuals and families struggling with few resources.

Blessed Mother Marianne Cope (now Saint Marianne Cope) grew up in West Utica, New York and went on to devote the last thirty years of her life to the cured hansen patients of Hawaii’s Molokai. Currently, her name embraces hope and hospitality to those in need in her hometown with the soup kitchen. The coordinating group of the kitchen includes parishioners and friends of the parish. We welcome and need volunteers for daytime serving and greeting along with Thursday evening food prep (every other Thursday). Click to contact us in regards to volunteering."


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