Local restaurant gives free meals during government shutdown

January 13, 2019 07:18 PM

The government shutdown has now become the longest in history. Close to 800,000 government employees are not getting paid while leaders in Washington hash out their differences in the federal budget. With no end in sight, a local restaurant is stepping up to help people who have been impacted.

Max Gordon, owner at The Hideaway on Park Avenue says he wanted to pitch in to help. Across the nation hundreds of thousands of federal employees are either not working or working but are not getting paid.


In our area this includes TSA agents, national parks employees and more. As of Sunday, the government shutdown has been going on for 23 days. Federal lawmakers have not been able to agree on a plan for the federal budget. The big hold up is the $5 billion dollars President Trump wants to fund a wall along the US/Mexico border.

As Democrats and Republicans work to hash out their differences, Gordon says employees continue to suffer and scrape together everything they can for basic needs.

"As soon as the first paycheck was missed we felt that we needed to do something... human beings shouldn't be pawns in a greater game," Gordon said. "We're not taking sides, we just wanted to help people and we figured food is a basic necessity and no one should have to worry where their next meal is coming from..." 

If you are impacted by the government shutdown Gordon wants you to come to The Hideaway to grab something to eat for free. To get your meal on the house you must show your work badge or ID card. Gordon says he will keep doing this until the shutdown ends.


Kaci Jones

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