For the third year in a row, the St. Vincent de Paul Society is holding its steak fry fundraiser on Saturday.
Brian Antal, president of the society, said the work of St. Vincent de Paul would not be possible without donors and public support of the organization’s fundraisers. The agency operates a soup kitchen on Front Street in downtown Youngstown six days a week. He said the kitchen will top 104,000 meals served this fiscal year.
The agency also runs a food pantry on Via Mount Carmel Way, which has prepared 3,200 boxes of food. Antal said that is the equivalent of another 13,000 people served, half of which are children.
He said despite reports that the area’s economy is improving, the homelessness and hunger situation is not getting any better and the number of working poor actually has increased. Antal said the volunteers saw more children coming to the soup kitchen over the summer than ever before.
“Riding their bikes down to the soup kitchen for lunch to get a hot meal and a bagged meal for dinner later,” he said.
Antal said the steak fry is one of the Society’s two main fundraisers. The other is the winter gala in February.
A $20 donation gets guests a steak dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and draft beer. The event also features a basket raffle with Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates tickets as some of the prizes. There also will be musical entertainment by John Gabriel from 4 to 7 p.m.
Antal said many local businesses donate to the steak fry to keep the costs down. He said 12 to 18 volunteers help with the event.
The steak fry will be 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Byzantine Center, 3801 Shady Run Road in Youngstown. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 330-690-8435. Antal said reservations are appreciated, but not required.