Raleigh, N.C. — Bobby Ravenscroft spent Father's Day slaving over a hot stove, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Ravenscroft was among the volunteers at Temple Baptist Church in Raleigh who serve up home-cooked meals to the needy at 2 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month.
"I always liked to cook. This is just an opportunity to help people in need," Ravenscroft said.
Car salesman Bo Bodenstine said he got to thinking after Temple Baptist's pastor preached about hunger. He decided to see if they could convert the kitchen of the church on Clifton Road into a soup kitchen.
The first week, nine people showed up. In recent weeks, the number has jumped to as high 150.
"Every week, it is getting bigger," Bodenstine said.
All of the food is donated, and the church has turned its library into a food pantry. Every diner gets a hot, hearty meal, a dessert and a sandwich for later.
Volunteers said they want to spread the word about the soup kitchen, so they can serve even more people.
"There are more and more people that definitely need this," Ravenscroft said.
"You don't have to be down on your luck," Bodenstine said. "Just come in, and enjoy a free meal if you are hungry and you need it."