Tulsa, Okla. (KTUL) — With a lot of people out of work and their shelves running bare, churches are on a mission to get them though this tough time.
A new program called "Serving the City" is working to keep people fed.
In the first installment of this program, Friendship Church in north Tulsa opened their doors Saturday afternoon but not for worship. They're operating drive-thru style.
There was a constant stream of cars and at times it was wrapping around the block.
Each car that pulled up received a box of food and box of essential supplies.
The boxes came from the nonprofit Feed the Children in Oklahoma City.
These items could be hard to come by during the fight against COVID -19.
"Many people have been laid off, many people don't have jobs and lack resources," said Pastor Jamaal Dyer. "So, for the church to be able to give them these things in a time of need simply shows we are modeling our belief in Christ."
Pastor Dyer has partnered with two other north Tulsa churches, The Met Church and New Jerusalem Church, to rotate locations every Friday so they can continue to give out free food and supplies to families in need.
"We simply wanted to let this community know that in a time of crisis, the church still cares," said Dyer. "Even in the mist of pain and pandemic, we can still prosper. I tell my congregation to hold onto hope and to find that hope that is deep within Jesus and to hold on to their faith."
Each volunteer was wearing gloves and masks and followed the CDC's restrictions to social distance from one another.
"As volunteers approach our campus, their temperature is checked by a medical professional who is also apart of our church," said Dyer.
The next Serving the City event will be Friday, April 10 at The Met Church located at 1228 W Apache.
It will run from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. while supplies last.
New Jerusalem Tulsa Church will host their Serving the City on April 17 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.