CEO of St. Vincent de Paul Michael Acaldo said the SVDP Dining Room will be packed come Easter Sunday.
“We’re expecting a large crowd, 400 to 500 on Easter Sunday,” explained Acaldo. “We’ll have a traditional Easter feast… ham, green beans, jam, some really good food. So, if there is anybody out there that in need or you know somebody that may need a hot meal on Easter Sunday send them to St. Vincent de Paul, 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place.”
All the work for this big meal starts in the kitchen with donations from all over the community. Denise Terrance is the dining room director at SVDP. She has been doing this for 12 years .
“We work 365 days a year. So, there’s never a dull moment in this kitchen. My staff is busily trying to get today’s meal as well as prep for Easter Sunday,” said Terrance.
That includes preparing whatever food they can ahead of time, and don’t forget about those colorful Easter eggs, but people in need won’t just get a meal.
“We’re also going to have Easter baskets for the children that come and see us, those who are in need, and then of course, we’ll also have the St. Vincent de Paul store in our parking lot for all the adults that come. Some may be homeless, some that just are in need and may need a new pair of shoes or a new shirt, and we’ll be able to provide those items at no charge to them. It’s so great to be able to do that for the poor and homeless,” said Acaldo.
“This is a job, but this is a mission for us. We have a love of people, and that makes our jobs so much easier, and it makes it more fulfilling that we could actually use the hands and the talents that God has given us to give back to others,” concluded Terrance.
Volunteers do expect a greater turnout for this Easter meal. Last year, the SVDP Dining Room served more than 250,000 meals in total, in part because of the August flooding, which is a record for the organization.
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