“We really have a lot of blessings. Our donors.”
That’s how Advisory Board Treasurer Joe Antonik put it when reviewing recent donations to the soup kitchen.
Board Chairman Darren Woods gave special note to a group involved in a Christmas food drive. General Contractor Michael Bonacci of Whitesboro organized the drive, collecting $1,500 in foodstuffs and money from businesses and individuals.
Thanks to donors like them, volunteers served 3,665 meals in December.
The rest of the story is that Michael was inspired to help the soup kitchen because of his wife Rosemary’s enthusiasm. Her public relations students at Utica College adopted the soup kitchen last semester, and got to see the operation first-hand.
As Darren put it: “They really are passionate about Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen.”