CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - People are calling them ‘shutdown specials’ and ‘furlough freebies.’
Across the country, businesses and organizations are stepping up to help out the over 800,000 employees that have been affected by the partial government shutdown.
The government has been shutdown for 29 days, making it the longest government shutdown ever, and Friday, Jan. 11 was the first payday most furloughed employees missed.
There is no word on when exactly the shutdown will end, so some local business are offering furloughed federal employees free meals and discounts.
Senate: The restaurant is offering to feed all federal employees and their children for free at both their Over-the-Rhine and Blue Ash locations. The restaurant has not specified how long the offer will last.
Potbelly: Potbelly locations across the country will offer buy-one-get-one-free sandwiches to federal employees carrying their ID. This deal is available to all furloughed employees from January 23-27. There are Potbelly locations in Kenwood-Sycamore, Florence, downtown, Rookwood, Colerain, and Deerfield.
Condado Tacos: Condado is offering a free taco to any furloughed government employee who shows their ID. No purchase is necessary. 195 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Smokin' This and That BBQ: This Florence restaurant is offering free food to all federal employees.
Goldstar Chili: The restaurant will be handing out coupons for 3-ways and cheese coneys to furloughed TSA agents at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
La Soupe: On January 22 and 23, La Soupe owner and volunteers will set up a pop-up kitchen at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. The group will serve hot meals to federal workers from the college’s Summit restaurant. Meals can be picked up in the parking lot from 2 p.m. through 8 p.m. or dine inside from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
IKEA: Get free breakfast at their West Chester location Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. until the government shutdown ends.
Matthew 25: Ministries: Care package distributions will take place at 11060 Kenwood Road on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you know of any more restaurants or organizations offering deals during the shutdown, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know on Facebook.