On Sunday, Mother Marianne's West Side Kitchen in Utica was hard at work. Volunteers Lucretia Hunt and her sidekick Audra Cornelius, bagged over 140 lunches for those hungry in the neighborhood.
The two ladies have been volunteering their time for the past couple years to help fight hunger in the Utica area. For Hunt, she started after seeing an ad in the paper, and Cornelius decided to take action after noticing a need for help.
"It's just very great getting to know these people, they are very thankful and grateful,” Cornelius said. “Sometimes the kids will come alone and I just can't imagine."
The two are inspired by Saint Mother Marianne Cope, who actually grew up in Utica. Hunt adding she makes the sandwiches out of the kindness of her heart.
"I feel satisfaction, nothing like pride or anything like that,” Hunt said. "We are our brothers keepers and we need to take care of each other."
The kitchen is open 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for those who are hungry.