The number of people coming to the soup kitchen is inching upward after a downturn when the COVID-19 pandemic hit locally, reports Interim Director Mike Pilat.

Lunchtime meals served in August totaled 3,695, he says. That included 296 children, 813 senior citizens, and 2,586 other adults.

Director Ed Morgan is stepping back for health reasons and Mike, who has been volunteering as assistant director, stepped up to serve as interim director.

Persons interested in serving as director of the Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen ministry may send a letter of interest and resume to