Who are the folks who eat at Cosgrove's Kitchen? Posted by Dennis Henry on 05/04/2004 Council of Belleville/East St. Louis The number of people who eat at the kitchen varies from day-to-day. There is less on the first day of a month, but toward the end of the month the number steadily increases. On any day, we find the "regulars" - mostly men with little or no income, who live alone - many of whom have no cooking facilities. Nearly everyday a few new faces appear, sometimes to come again and again - or maybe just pass through. Often a family comes in - such as one young mother with her three small children who had just moved back to the East St. Louis area. She had no income and was living from one relative's home to another. When she went to Catholic Urban Programs for food and clothing, she also learned about Cosgrove's Kitchen. The kitchen staff gets to know the regular diners and when one of them is missing for several days they are concerned. An example being - Martha was a regular diner for many years who had been noticeably declining in health - one day she did not come in for dinner. Her absence was noted for several days and the kitchen staff was relieved to learn that Catholic Urban Programs had been called to check on her. After a brief stay in the hospital she was placed in a nursing home. On learning this, some of the staff visited her and brought her some sweets being one of her favorite things. The people who come into eat are not just number - they are real people. There is a face on "hunger".