Fighting the Furlough in the Government’s Front Yard: 10 Resources for Furloughed Government Employees in the DMV

When many people think of Washington, D.C., they think of the government, however there is much that comes along with thoughts of government at present, as today marks day 27 of the government shutdown.  In this unfortunate situation it is important to maintain one’s well-being mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially.  Therefore, below are a few furlough resources for people in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.

  • Kraft Now. Pay Later.Offered by Kraft will offer a variety of Kraft products including barbecue sauce, salad dressing, cheese singles, mayonnaise, and macaroni and cheese. Government employees must show their federal ID.  It will be located at 1287 4th St NE. Thursday-Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • The Department of Parks and Recreation of D.C. is providing free lunch for children 18 and younger on Saturdays from 12- 1 pm at eight locations across the city.
  • With proof of residency, the DC Pet Pantry will provide food assistance to Washington residents.
  • From 11 am-6 pm Chef José Andrés will offer a rotating menu of free sandwiches, soups, and salads inside his ThinkFoodLab at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW for those with government IDs.
  • M&T Bank is offering deferred payments or partial payments to members who are government employees until they are reinstated with back pay.
  • Navy Federal Credit Union and Andrews Federal Credit Union’s is offering interest-free loans that will match a government workers’ missed paychecks.  NFCU will offer the previously mentioned loans up to $6,000 and  AFCU’s will not exceed $5,000, with no payments for 90 days.
  • Federal Employees can get free admission to the  National Law Enforcement Museum  with a valid ID.
  • The Newseum, is offering free admission to federal workers with an ID badge.
  • Government employees with ID can take advantage of  Ted’s Bulletin, happy hour prices on draft beer, wine and cocktails all day Monday through Friday.
  • Punch Bowl Social in Arlington is offering a 25 percent discount on all food, beverages and games to all federal employees.



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