As the shutdown is most-felt per capita in the District of Columbia, restaurants in the Washington D.C. area are offering free food and drinks for federal employees who show their ID.
This is a developing list and will be updated.
United Way, one of the AFL-CIO’s national partners, supports 2-1-1, a free nationwide information and referral line that helps people find local resources they may be eligible to obtain 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The 2-1-1 line can be accessed by phone or computer. A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services, including:
Call 2-1-1 and speak with a live, highly trained service professional in your area from any cell phone or landline. All calls are private and confidential, and assistance is available in multiple languages.
Or visit 211.org to locate organizations in your community that provide support and assistance to working families in their time of need.
To find a local United Way in your community and learn about potential additional resources, visit unitedway.org/find-your-united-way.
And if you know of a worker impacted by the shutdown, please share this with them as well.
Single Parent In Need Foundation Executive Director Tamara Mandel has reached out to AFGE to offer assistance to feds who are single parents and need a little financial assistance during the shutdown. The nonprofit gives financial grants to single-parent families who are in immediate need.
Here’s the contact info:
Here’s their mission statement
The mission of the Single Parent In Need (SPIN) Foundation is to provide crisis relief funding to single-parent families living predominantly in the United States. SPIN will act as a financial cushion by providing monetary assistance, or gap funding, as needed, for everyday life expenses that encompass healthcare, housing, and education, transportation, as well as other fundamental basic human needs such as financial assistance for food and clothing. SPIN will work closely with churches, youth groups and community based outreach organizations to establish where the urgency for funds is most needed. In today’s tough economic climate, SPIN will help those who are in a desperate, and sometimes unexpected place in their lives. When the world feels like it’s SPINning out of control, we’re here to let single parents know they’re not alone.
Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker hosted a community potluck & live music night to support federal employees and contractors impacted by the shutdown on Jan. 11 at Blair High School Cafeteria. Federal workers, contractors and their families attended for free. Joe Uehlein of the U-Liners provided live music.
Free Meals for Feds Affected by the Shutdown
Tommy Douglas Conference Center
10000 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, MD
12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Monday — Friday
If you are planning to attend, or are interested in volunteering at this or future events, please fill out our RSVP form here.
Any employee of the federal government or a federal contractor — or any family member of such an employee — who is struggling financially as a result of the government shutdown, can call the toll free number 855-859-4647 or go to www.HungerFreeAmerica.org/FedFood to find food resources (such as government food programs and private food pantries) near them and/or to be connected with anti-hunger volunteer activities so they can productively utilize their time off work.