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LA Restaurants Offering Free Food to Federal Employees During Shutdown

Some employee haven’t seen a paycheck since December 21

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Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen in South Los Angeles
Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen is offering a Fed Special
Ed Rudolph

As the government shutdown enters its twenty-fifth day, Congress still has not passed an appropriations bill, leaving 800,000 workers without a paycheck. It’s now the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and there is no relief in sight. Thankfully, some Southern California restaurants are stepping in to provide a bit of a reprieve instead, offering free meals for federal employees.

Here are some of the greater LA restaurants stepping up to offer free food to furloughed federal workers:

One flash of a government ID at Taco Pete in South LA, and workers can take home two french fries, two sodas, and a pack of eight tacos.

The crew at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen offer a “FED Special.” For the duration of the shutdown, $2 and a federal ID gets a small coffee and two beignets.

At The Parlor on Melrose, expect $2 domestic draft beers from Wednesday to Thursday, 5 p.m to 6 p.m., but only with a federal ID.

In Cypress, the Burger Spot 1 will pay for an entire family’s meal during the shutdown, but only with a government-issued ID.

FREE MEALS to Government Employees & their families, NOT being paid during this Government shutdown! For every week of...

Posted by The Burger Spot 1 on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

KISS rock legends Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons announced that every TSA employee working without pay can dine for free at their Rock & Brews chain. They’ve got plenty of Southern California locations, but the ones at LAX are not participating. TSA employees can come in everyday and choose from the pulled pork sandwich or salad to TSA employees with an ID card.

Stationed steps away from the Hermosa Beach sand, Silvio’s BBQ is offering a chicken or vegetable bahia rice bowl between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. daily.

Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ Presents Free Lunch for Federal Employees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hermosa Beach, CA. – Silvio’s...

Posted by Silvio's BBQ Catering on Monday, January 14, 2019

According to the Daily Bulletin, the Ontario Airport and locals came together to buy lunch for employees of the TSA, Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff. Chick-fil-A brought employees breakfast and lunch last week while Southwest Airline will bring in pizza today.

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