I don’t mean for this to be a political page but living in the Washington DC metro area, many of my friends are affected directly by the shutdown. And, for a temp like me, no one needs temps, so there are fewer jobs available, and there are fewer and fewer chances to work as the shutdown drags on. Also I, like so many contractors and others affected indirectly, we won’t get any back pay. We are all worried about paying our rent and buying groceries, but here are just some of the local businesses who are in support of the furloughed workers and are trying to help however how they can. They know it can’t help with any of the bills, but it might cheer us up a bit or give us something to do on a day to get us out of the house. Just click on the links for more information. You must show a government ID to get most of these deals. These are the deals available in the direct DC area, there are many more deals nationwide, especially in areas with a high number of government employees.
From now until January 20, Federal Workers going without a paycheck can stop by 1287 4th Street NE, only a couple blocks from Union Market to pick up some Kraft brand groceries.
Sergio Eleuterio, Head of Marketing for Kraft- “During the government shutdown, parents should not have to worry about putting dinner on the table because they aren’t receiving a paycheck”
Jose Andres promised to give federal workers and their families a free sandwich at the bar of any of the famed chef’s restaurants: Oyamel, Zaytinya, America Eats Tavern and Beefsteak. The offer is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Alexandria City is offering a free pass to many of it’s local museums, and a deep discount to others, including Mount Vernon. The above pass also includes a free sandwich at Pork Barrell BBQ.
Gregory’s Coffee- Free Coffee
Baked by Yael is also offering free bagels and soup to the National Zoo workers who are working without pay to keep the animals healthy and safe.
If your kid’s birthday is coming up, Let’s Make a Face is offering to delay payment for 45 days for any furloughed employee.