Indianapolis restaurant owner Neal Brown is offering free meals to anyone affected by the government shutdown, now stretching to the 19-day mark. That’s the second-longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
In a Facebook post, Brown wrote: “If you know someone affected by the Gov. shutdown, let me know. We’ll feed them for free until they get paid again.”
If you know someone affected by the Gov. shutdown, let me know. We’ll feed them for free until they get paid again.
Brown said the offer is good at any of his Indianapolis-area restaurants, including The Libertine Liquor Bar, his Japanese sushi bar Ukiyo and Pizzology in suburban Carmel. It also extends to immediate family members of affected individuals.
More than a hundred unpaid government workers have contacted him about his offer, he told the Indianapolis Star earlier this week.
Brown has been praised on Facebook by a multitude of government workers for his generosity.
“So generous of you, Neal!” Alison Kearns commented on Brown’s original post. “Myself and several work friends are in this boat. Nothing like working, or not, and not knowing when the next check is coming.”
Nationwide, an estimated 800,000 employees have been affected by the shutdown. Some of those are on unpaid leave and others are working without pay.