(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."
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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.