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Government Shutdown: Supporting Federal Workers One Meal At a Time

World Central Kitchen providing grocery items for federal workers

It’s day 35 of the government shutdown. According to CNN, President Trump has announced a temporary deal to reopen the government and make sure federal workers get paid again. After two weeks without pay and the uncertainty of when the government’s border security issues will be resolved, more than 800,000 federal workers need some sort of reassurance that they’ll be ok, that someone is looking out for them in these crazy times.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

No, we’re not going to say it’s Superman ready to help, but we do want to give a shout out to all the amazing people donating to Go Fund Me campaigns and creating programs to support unpaid federal workers.

On January 16th, 25 days into the government shutdown, renowned chef, José Andrés, created a new project with his organization World Central Kitchen (WCK) . The project is called #ChefsForFeds and the idea is to provide free meals to federal workers and their families throughout the country during the shutdown. Many chefs have joined this initiative showing support in over 20 states across the U.S. with more joining everyday.

#ChefsForFeds guidelines

World Central Kitchen was founded in 2010 as a response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. With its mission to “use the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies”, WCK has become a light for many. Some of their most recent initiatives have been #ChefsForThePeople reacting to the caravan crisis in Tijuana and Chef José Andrés’ personal project #ChefsForPuertoRico.

With today’s temporary deal announcement, workers will hopefully be paid soon, but in the meantime #ChefsForFeds will continue to update the community with any new participants, their daily menu offerings, and any changes to the program.

So, what makes this program stand out?

It reminds us how great and supportive the community is. Whatever our political inclination might be, at the end of the day the American people are ready to help each other. Can we keep this momentum going? If you think a restaurant in your community might be interested in joining, share this with them or nominate them below.

Questions? Contact them at chefsforfeds@wck.org.



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