Local restaurants give back to furloughed government employees

DELAMARVA – “However many there are we’d like them to get a free meal till the shutdown ends.”

Local restaurants are coming together to make sure government employees working without paychecks have a warm meal.

Over at Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli located inside Salisbury Airport, owner Warren Rosenfeld tells us he’s pitching in by making sure all TSA workers and air traffic control workers are taken care of.

Rosenfeld said, “It really dawned on me business had gone down a little bit in the last week, and it had gone down because the TSA workers who would eat here. They were really not eating here anymore because they know they weren’t getting paid.”

So, Rosenfeld tells 47 ABC he is giving those workers their favorite lunches like his classic Reuben and chips combo for free, as it’s only the right thing to do.

Rosenfeld said, “Its time to put my money where my mouth is, and I decided to go ahead and do it.”

But its not just Rosenfeld’s lending a helping hand.

The Dough Roller in Ocean City is also doing their part by feeding the Coast Guard and any other government worker that can show a valid ID.

Heather Lowe said, “Here in Ocean City they have not stopped working. They’re still patrolling protecting our shoals so we wanted to provide them with a free meal.”

Like Rosenfeld, Heather Lowe with the Dough Roller says helping these employees is critical during times of political instability like this.

She said, “We just like giving back to the community.  We wanted to do out part and participate and give back to those who are unfortunately affected by something that is outside of their control completely.”

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