BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Local churches are once again making it easier for Christians to forego meat on Fridays during Lent, while creating a community social tradition in the process.
For the 55th year, Saint Michael's Orthodox Church on Clinton Street in Binghamton is preparing pirohi for eat-in or takeout.
In addition to the classic potato and cheese pirohi, Saint Mike's cooks halushki and vegetable soup and, for takeout only, prepares frozen cabbage pirohi for patrons to cook at home.
Parish President Michael May says the church serves about 350 eat-in meals and another 200 takeout orders each week.
"It still brings our church together and it also brings many people from the Binghamton area together. A lot of businessmen come here, they've been coming here for years, many years," said May.
May says dozens of parish volunteers work each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday preparing the foods from scratch.
For the priohi alone, 500 lbs of flour, fifteen 50 lb bags of potatoes and 100 pounds of cheese are needed each week.
Eat-in hours are 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday through March 30th.
Takeout is available Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The number to leave a message for takeout is 607-729-0261.
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