Syracuse, N.Y. (DiA) – Our Lady of Pompei is running its annual spaghetti dinner on election day today. The church has provided this meal annually for 72 years but for the second straight year it will be curbside pickup. Although, this year, the church has added an outdoor dining section for anyone who would like to sit down and eat right at the church. On a normal year, the church will have a curbside pickup option as well as indoor seating for all customers in their downstairs cafeteria. Last year, the church sold out of their 1,000 meal limit, so for this year, they have 2,000 meals made and it was done with a short-handed staff. Due to ongoing pandemic related issues, the volunteers present have picked up the slack. Some of the volunteers have even worked weekend double shifts to prepare for this big fundraiser. The staff said it made over 25,000 meatballs, 20 gallons of sauce, and thousands of pounds of pasta.
“We just work together to bring people together … to remind people, we, by nature have our differences and we don’t always agree, but we can get along,” Church Pastor the Rev. Daniel Caruso said.
The goal for this event has never changed and that is bringing people from different backgrounds, cultures, lives and beliefs together to enjoy a hot meal and get away from the election day stresses. The church wants this to be an example on a local scale of what the country can do to help cure the divides that are happening in our world today. Caruso said pasta can cure all differences and disagreements.
At around noon today, candidates such as Syracuse incumbent Mayor Ben Walsh and Democratic candidate Khalid Bey arrived at the church to mingle with the people of Syracuse, drop their “political pitchforks” and enjoy stress-free moments on their hectic election day agendas.
Many customers will come and go with their meals tonight. Some will pickup the single dish for $10, the half tray for $50 that can feed 6 people, and others will pickup the family tray for $100 that can feed up to 15 people, but all will be contributing toward the church’s biggest fundraiser of this year and every year.
The event will go on until 6 p.m.