During the pandemic, churches across Green Country have fed thousands of families. Volunteers at one Tulsa church told News On 6 they feel a sense of unity as they serve others.
If you aren't personally faced with need, with hunger, it can become an invisible issue, out of sight, out of mind. It can make you feel like things aren't that bad for some families, like the pandemic hasn't really hit home.
"It is not always people who have always been down on their luck, there are people who never thought that they would be in this line," said Darrell Walker, a Deacon at First Baptist Church North Tulsa.
The need is here. People need food. It is something volunteers at First Baptist North Tulsa see every week.
"You really don't know unless you have been in the situation, you really don't know, you really have no idea, in Tulsa, Oklahoma that there are that many people who need food," said Walker.
Hundreds of families line up at the church in their cars.
"Last March when this started, we had no idea it would still be going a year later," said Walker.
For people who don't have transportation and can't make it to the line, volunteers bring food to them.
"We are blessed and we are trying to throw blessings out to everybody else and show that even though we are in a pandemic and the United States is in a uproar, there is still unity," said Allen Farrell with First Baptist North Tulsa
Unity is a word that kept popping up while I was covering this story. Volunteers told me despite all that is going on in the world, all they felt here, doing this work, was community.
"To see the camaraderie of churches coming together white, black, no racial barriers here," said Walker.
Walker said First Presbyterian Church, Ablaze Church, R&G Family Grocers and the Community Food Bank are just a few of the organizations and churches who have been working hard to make the food distribution site so successful.
If you would like to volunteer, call the church (918) 582-5129) or you can always show up here at the church (1414 N Greenwood Ave, Tulsa, OK 74106) around 4 p.m. on a Friday.
The church distributes food every Friday at 4:30pm until the food runs out.