Free Food and Discounts at Various Restaurants

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.

  • Chef Jose Andres is offering free sandwiches from 2 to 5 p.m. at the bar for government employees at his D.C. restaurants: Jaleo, Oyamel, China Chilcano, America Eats Tavern.
  • Baked by Yael, across from the National Zoo, is offering free coffee and cake pop classes for federal workers and contractors. If you’re a zoo employee who is required to work taking care of the animals, you’ll get a free bagel sandwich and small soup.
  • Except during happy hour, all federal employees get a 15% off at Catch 22, a seafood restaurant.
  • A free order of meatball sliders for federal employees from 2-4 p.m. at Carmine’s in downtown D.C. Their happy hour menu will also be available all day long at the bar during the shutdown.
  • &Pizza is offering one free pizza per government ID from 3 pm - 5 pm
  • Free cup of Compass Coffee with any purchase at District Doughnut.
  • Free Shepherd's Pie during lunch or dinner at Ri Ra Georgetown.
  • 20% off cases of wine at Bacchus Wine Cellar for those affected by the shutdown, plus 15% off 3-6 bottles, and 10% off liquor.
  • Free glass of Prosecco with any purchase at The Graham Georgetown's Speakeasy, the Alex.
  • 20% off any purchase at Haagen-Dazs (3120 M St NW)
  • 20% off at Ristorante Piccolo
  • Free two appetizers with any 12" pizza for $30 at Pizzeria Paradiso.
  • Free cup of coffee with any purchase at Olivia Macaron.
  • Sequoia is offering percentage discounts equivalent to the years customers have been employed by the federal government Monday through Friday during the shutdown. But all feds get at least 10% off.
  • Across the Pond, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, is offering a 10% discount.
  • Federal employees get an 18% discount at the Queen Vic.
  • Furloughed employees get a complimentary traditional taco at Taco Bamba’s Chinatown location.
  • Stop by Broccoli Bar everyday between 11-6pm for free &pizza.
  • The Crystal City BID is offering a free meal to federal employees (and a guest) with a valid government ID from 11:30am - 1:30pm at a different local eatery each day.

This is a developing list and will be updated.

Need to find a local food bank, shelter, other services in your area?

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:

  • Supplemental food and nutrition programs;
  • Shelter and housing options, and utilities assistance;
  • Employment and education opportunities;
  • Services for veterans; and
  • Health care and mental health services.

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 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

And if you know of a worker impacted by the shutdown, please share this with them as well.

Feeding America - How to Find or Donate to Your Local Food Bank

Click here to find out how to receive food from or donate to your local food bank.

Resources for Single Parents

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:

Tamara Mandel
Executive Director
Single Parent In Need Foundation
818-849-5910 (o)
818-631-0069 (c)

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’s Potluck

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.

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) - Tommy Douglas Center Open Kitchen

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.

Hunger Free America - National "Fed Food" Hotline and Web Portal

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 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.

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