As the federal government’s partial shutdown continues, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have stepped up to help one group of federal employees.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22, volunteers with Oklahoma Baptist DR will be preparing up to 900 meals a day for federal workers of the Federal Transfer Center, who have been economically impacted during the shutdown.

“There are 100 people working per shift and three eight-hour shifts, so we’re feeding these workers and sending home meals in cambros, which will keep food warm for up to eight hours,” said Don Williams, state director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR).

Trained and equipped DR volunteers are preparing the meals, which go to the federal workers and their families, at the DR TEaM center near Okarche. They then deliver the meals to the Transfer Center, located at Will Rogers World Airport.

“This is the definition of what Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is,” Williams said. “We’re primarily known for responding to natural disasters, but we go, and we work with people who don’t have the means to help themselves through an event. This is a perfect example of that.”

“Oklahoma Baptists are willing and able to respond. These are Oklahomans impacted by this situation, and we want to serve our neighbors at this point of need,” Williams said.

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