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Chef Sean Gilliam, preparing meals for federal workers affected by the shutdown: "I'm the kind of guy who just wants to get in the kitchen and help."

(CNN)Sean Gilliam was scrolling through his Facebook feed after putting his kids to bed when he saw friend after friend fretting over the government shutdown, "anxious about how to keep a roof over their heads or food on the table for their kids."

It only took the Memphis chef about five minutes to come up with a plan to help.
Gilliam, who owns a catering business and a food truck, posted online asking people to help him help those in need.
"I woke up the next morning and I had a lot of messages," he said. So he made a menu, went shopping and drafted a delivery schedule for volunteers to help hand out his Tuscan spinach chicken dishes. The meals can feed a family of four for two days.