Community Resources in Response to Government Shutdown

Food Access

Central Union MissionCentral Union Mission invites furloughed federal employees to visit our Family Ministry Center (3194-B Bladensburg Rd., NE, Washington, DC), Monday through Thursday from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Groceries will be available while supplies last through our Emergency Referral Program. People seeking assistance must bring a government-issued I.D. and agency work badge/ID. Families affected by SNAP shortages can show their food stamp card and I.D.

Central Union Mission – 65 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Bread for the City:  Furloughed government workers and contractors in the DMV can visit Bread for the City in Northwest or Southeast for a five-day supply of groceries.

1640 Good Hope Road, SE    OR       1525 7th Street, NW

Amalgamated Transit Union International:  Monday-Friday (Jan. 14-Jan. 18) from noon-6pm ATU will be providing free meals for furloughed federal employees at the TDCC at 10000 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring.  Workers only need to bring their federal employee identification card to receive a free meal for them and their family. 

DC Recreation Centers.  Free Lunch every Saturday from 12pm to 1pm for kids 18 and under at the following DC Recreation Centers:
Rita Brown – Ward 1
Emery – Ward 4
Joe Cole – Ward 5
Harry Thomas – Ward 5
King Greenleaf – Ward 6
Hillcrest – Ward 7
Benning Park – Ward 7
Benning Stoddart – Ward 7
Barry Farm – Ward 8 (1pm – 2pm)

Free Lunches for Area Students:  Most school systems throughout the DMV are providing some level of food assistance for students.  Check with your jurisdiction and local school for details.

Montgomery County Public Schools is providing meals to impacted students of the shutdown through its Dine with Dignity program.  Students with negative account balances can get the usual breakfast or lunch for free.

Falls Church Public Schools is offering help paying for lunches, tuition and daycare.  School officials are also hiring substitute teaches and bus drivers.  Families can also work with a social worker if needed.

The Capital Area Food Bank will provide free food for impacted federal workers every Saturday at various locations around the DMV.  Check out their website for updates.

The chain will offer free pies to government workers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the shutdown. Go to find website for the locations.

Baked by Yael     3000 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
Federal employees and contractors can get a free coffee through the shutdown. Zoo employees required to work without pay can get a free bagel sandwich or small soup each weekday.

The Duplex Diner    2004 18th St. NW
The Duplex Diner is offering furloughed feds a free Monday meal and a glass of wine. Bring your ID or business card.

Hula Girl Bar and Girl   4044 Campbell Ave, Arlington, Virginia
Furloughed government employees can show their ID to get a free beer and a burger at the bar during happy hour, which runs Monday to Friday 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Maggiano’s Little Italy at Chevy Chase    5333 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
The Italian chain is offering 50 percent off to government employees.

ThinkFoodGroup Restaurants
Federal workers and their families with a federal ID get a free sandwich at the bar of any of the famed chef’s restaurants, including Oyamel, Zaytinya, America Eats Tavern, and Beefsteak. The offer stands from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily until the shutdown ends.

World Central Kitchen   Pennsylvania Avenue NW (exact location to be announced)
Starting 1/16 open its #Chefs For Feds kitchen and café for FREE hot meals at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW near the Navy Memorial for all federal employees in need and their families.

Help Feeding Your Pet: The Humane Rescue Alliance and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington have both opened up pet food pantries to help federal government workers who need assistance feedingtheir four legged family members. Visit their websites for details.

Bill Assistance

Water Bill Assistance: DC Water is providing extended payment plans for federal government workers who may need some flexibility in paying the utility because of the shutdown. Programs are also in plans for those customers trying to keep their water and sewer going. Check out the DC Water website for additional information.

WSSC: In an effort to assist federal workers, WSSC announced it will suspend all water service shutoffs. Customers are encouraged to contact WSSC and speak with a representative at 301-206-4001 or 1-800-828-6439 to discuss their specific situation.

Washington Gas: Washington Gas is offering some options for government employees feeling the pinch of the shutdown. Call 1-844-WASHGAS to find out your options.

BGE:   1-800-685-0123

Verizon Wireless: Verizon Wireless says it is standing at the ready to help workers with flexible payment options to keep service running. The “Our Promise Pay Program” allows customers to set a future date for payment.

Dominion Energy: Dominion Energy is also offering assistance, including payment extensions, long-term payment plans and bill payment assistance options. For details, visit the website at

Pepco: Pepco says it has a wide range of payment options and also plans to work individually with customers impacted by the government shutdown. Call Pepco at 202-833-7500 to discussion your needs.

Chase Bank: Chase encourages its customers to call to discuss certain hardship programs if they are employees of, or do business with, a U.S. federal agency and their income is affected by the shutdownCustomers who are in financial need should call the special care line at 1-888-356-0023.

Navy Federal Credit Union: Navy Federal Credit Union customers may be eligible for government shutdown assistance if their pay is impacted.  Customers should visit to learn their options

Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo is helping individuals who are experiencing hardship as a result of the federal government shutdown. The bank will work with individuals and business banking customers whose income is disrupted as a result of the shutdown. Customers should call 1-800-TO-WELLS.

Local Government Assistance

Prince George’s County Government: Prince George’s County Government joined forces with the United Way of the National Capital Area to provide assistance to county residents feeling the pinch of the government shutdown. You can find a complete list of resources in the county on the website.

Fairfax County Public Schools: Fairfax County Public Schools is hiring furloughed federal employees as substitute teachers.