Shutdown relief: Easing the burden


As the stalemate at the Capitol continues, World Central Kitchen, a disaster relief group founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres, has opened a pop-up restaurant to serve meals to furloughed government employees.

With 800,000 federal employees and 4 million government contractors affected in the government shutdown, organizations and individuals across the country are stepping up to help out.

Grocery stores are offering food for federal workers, cell phone companies setting up flexible payments, and credit cards and banks are waiving fees and offering financial aid to those affected.

In Connecticut, a food pantry has opened to help the Coast Guard.

“It’s amazing that people care about us this much in our time of need,” says Petty Officer Miranda Brudzinski. “It definitely takes some of the burden off.”

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