How Communities Lend a Hand to US Workers Affected by the Shutdown

An outpouring of generosity across the country by restaurants, food companies, businesses, and private people proves that in tough times, we can all come together to help one another.

Jan 22, 2019
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser serving workers affected by the government shutdown at Chef José Andrés World Central Kitchen, #FoodForFeds program

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser serving workers affected by the government shutdown at Chef José Andrés World Central Kitchen, #FoodForFeds program (Phil Pasquini / Shutterstock.com)

The number of restaurants, companies and private citizens that are helping to feed the federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay is growing every day since the partial government shutdown began on December 22, 2018.

This genuine wellspring of kindness and generosity shows that Americans are willing to lend a hand to their neighbors in need. They are opening their hearts and wallets in a very big way.

The shutdown has directly affected 800,000 government workers and their families, from park rangers, TSA agents, Coast Guard rescue teams to even the White House chefs. These workers have already missed one paycheck due to the shut-down. Tens of thousands more are indirectly affected as the shutdown means that also government contractors aren’t assigned projects - meaning no work.

Restaurants Providing Free Meals

In Washington DC, celebrity José Andrés was one of the first to tweet that he would be offering free sandwiches to federal workers for lunch at every one of his restaurants until they get paid. Poor Richard's restaurant in Colorado Springs also wrote on Twitter that it would provide free meals to government employees and their families. All they have to do is show their government ID.

BONNIE RIVA RAS, EDITOR & WRITER
Bonnie Riva Ras has dedicated her life to promoting social justice. She loves to write about empowering women, helping children, educational innovations, and advocating for the environment & sustainability.

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