As people around the world gathered around a dinner table with family and friends Easter Sunday, the less fortunate in Baton Rouge gathered with each other to smile, eat and laugh at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for an Easter dinner following morning church services.

In the dining hall, more than 650 people, including Courtnie Woods, 31, passed through in about 90 minutes as more than 100 volunteers served them a hot meal they may not have gotten anywhere else on a day some consider the holiest of the year.

Last year, 670 people showed up for the Easter meal.

The food was prepared by volunteers, some of whom, like Bridget and Bryan Day, spent Easter Sunday at the dining hall with their children, ages 13, 12, 11 and 8.