Volunteer crews began providing meals on Tuesday for federal employees at the
Williams said about 100 Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are working three eight-hour shifts to prepare and deliver meals for an estimated 300 federal employees at the transfer center until the shutdown is over.
The Baptist group said they expected to deliver up to 900 meals a day to the federal staffers and Williams said they planned to provide enough food for the government workers to take home to their families.
The Baptist group will be preparing the meals at their disaster relief facility called the TEaM Center -- Training, Equipment and Mobilization -- near
Williams said because the federal transfer center near
"At 4:30 this morning, this place was jammin' -- it was busy," he said.
By afternoon, the group was preparing chicken and corn for the second meal of the day, to be paired with cookies and fruit cups.
"They're our brothers and sisters and that's what we're supposed to do -- help out. We just wish them well and it makes me feel good to help them," McCarter said.
On Monday, volunteers for the
Federal employees whose agencies are shut down will miss their second paycheck on Friday unless
Williams, the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief director, said the volunteer crews are trained, flexible and, most importantly, love to serve others.
"We have committed to doing this as long as the need is there," he said.
"For us, natural disasters are what we are known for, but when an individual or group is impacted and needs help above what they can provide for themselves, we Oklahoma Baptists are ready to serve, ready to help."
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