Two Knights of Columbus cooks go above and beyond fish fry dinner

February 17, 2018 12:33 AM

Friday marked the first Friday during the Lenten season, which means a lot of organizations throughout the Capital Region are holding fish fry dinners on Fridays.

That included the Knights of Columbus in Saratoga Springs.

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These guys give out of their hearts,” said Volunteer Gina Ponessa.

On Friday night there were two chefs in the kitchen who do more than just cook during Lent.

"Joe Fredette and Frank Bunch they're just awesome guys,” said Ponessa. “They give up their time constantly, they do all of this out of the goodness of their heart and cook faithfully every single week.”

Fredette and Bunch give back by cooking meals during the week for homeless shelters and veterans throughout Saratoga County.

They said it’s the least they can do for those without a home and those who have served our country.

"The community needs it,” said Fredette. “People say there is no homelessness in Saratoga, that's not true and there should be no such thing as homeless veterans, so we reach out and provide fresh homemade meals every week."

The money raised from the Friday night fish fry dinners goes toward providing those weekly meals to the homeless and veterans.

Many volunteers said cooking with Fredette and Bunch brings a lot of joy to the kitchen.

"There's so much comradery between people,” said Ponessa “We've gotten to be really good friends, we have a good time."

The fish fry dinners run every Friday for the rest of the Lenten season, except March 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 50 Pine Road. People can either eat in or take out. 

Homeless veterans that come to the dinner, get to eat for free.


Emily De Vito

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