Cooks at St. Vincent de Paul host annual Easter dinner

St. Vincent de Paul opens doors for Easter dinner, serving nearly 800 people

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - St. Vincent De Paul served 800 food plates to families Easter Sunday. They also provided clothing and hygiene care items.

“I think when guess walked through the door, they saw the Easter tree, they saw the volunteers that were here to serve them, and it made them say, ‘hey, I’m important,’ and that’s what we do for our guest,” said Michael Alcaldo, President and C.E.O.

“We know that feeding the people and having a love for what you do... that never goes away,” said Denise Terrance, dining room director at St. Vincent de Paul.

This isn’t home for Terrance, but it might as well be. She spends most of her time at St. Vincent de Paul.

“We’re here 365 days a year. We never close and the love never stops,” she said.

Terrance, Ms. Lawson, and Ms. Williams are fixing the food to perfection; they’re a team of career cooks.

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“Eighteen to nineteen years, because I found her the year I came,” Terrance said.

They’ve got a special way of sprucing everything up that goes out to hundreds on Easter weekend

“We open the yams and take the juice off the yams and put it in a pot and add secret spices to it,” Terrance said. “They’re going to know that we took a lot of time and a lot of love in there, so it’s going to get them through the rest of the year.”

Love: that’s one of the many ingredients being tossed in the pots. Their patience also keeps the ladies on track, because they’re cooking several meals at once to make sure they always have food ready to go.

“You got to have somebody on that pot, you got to have somebody on this pot, but you got to have somebody getting that stuff ready to go in this pot,” Terrance said.

It’s a challenging job; it comes with it’s worries and pressures.

“When you think of it, you don’t think of yourself. You think of doing and who you’re doing it for,” said Terrance.

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But Terrance and her team wouldn’t trade a day of cooking if it meant a family would go without.

“You know, it got to have the love. We put the love in there,” Terrance said. “It’s a job, but for me it’s more of a mission.”

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