POSTED: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 12:36pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — "You know, we are prepared for the 300 number, but we can help up to 500, even more, we'll figure it out," said St. Vincent de Paul CEO, Michael Acaldo.
Acaldo has seen the dining room at St. VIncent de Paul full on many occasions, but not for three hours straight.
"Unfortunately, we've got a long line waiting outside to come in."
He says the inrease comes from food inflation. He says there are people who're on a fixed income that visit the dining room just can't afford some groceries.
"She said whether its peanut butter, or a meat, or whatever, it's going sky high, I only come here if I have to," said Acaldo.
But the 80 volunteers that were getting food ready as early as 10:00 a.m. say they don't mind giving what they have in the spirit of Easter.
"Well it's... it's vital, it's what life's all about..if everybody gave, I think there'd be a lot less of a lot of the bad stuff in the world today," said Shane Warren, a Volunteer.
Warren even brought his four year old daughter to serve, so she knows what it means to do more for others.
"Shes four, just turned four in February, we came at Christmas time and served here, and it was just a fantastic experience," he said.
Guests like Mary Hnson, say that giving spirit really means a lot to her, because all she has is her loved ones.
"It's a very good day today, I'm glad to be here today to get a good, hot meal, and to be among my friends," she said.