By: Shelley Bortz/KDKA-TV News
MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (KDKA) — A local woman is on a mission to serve the hungry.
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For five years, with the help of her son and grandchildren, Marlene Banks has been serving a hot meal to the community. Not for any other reason than out of the goodness of his heart and out of love for his community.
“You don’t have to be homeless to be hungry,” Banks said.
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By 6 p.m., Banks and his team at Welcome to the Table are busy. Every Wednesday, the group serves a hot meal through a pick-up service at Sto-Rox High School. One after another, people arrive faster than they can be served.
It was an idea five years ago that has grown into something much bigger than ever. Banks, a longtime McKees Rocks resident and district employee, said she wants to serve her community in some way.
She told her son what she thought and he got on board. Since then, the family has been hosting Wednesday evening meals for anyone who wants or needs
“Our donations come from kind-hearted people,” Banks said. “Our community, some of our businesses, some organizations and when we’re weak, myself. Our team members, we’re not afraid to contribute and make sure people have a meal every week.
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The family is busy throughout the week planning the menu, shopping and preparing the food. It’s a huge commitment, but Banks said it was a blessing.