UPDATE: California Smothered Burritos feeding federal workers who were furloughed Saturday
UPDATE: California Smothered Burritos said they are planning to still feed federal employees Saturday night who were furloughed during the shutdown.
Jim Masiella, the owner of California Smothered Burritos, said they are feeding the affected federal employees a free meal because he can relate to what they've been through.
"I grew up being raised by a single mom, and I can remember many times we had nothing to eat, so I can empathize with these government employees," Masiella said.
Federal employees only need to bring their government ID to get a free meal.
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Virgola Chattanooga said they want to do their part to help the 800,000 plus furloughed federal workers.
"The government shutdown now enters its 33rd day with no breakthrough in sight," a restaurant spokesperson said. "At Virgola Chattanooga we want to do our part to show solidarity with the 800,000+ federal workers on government-imposed furlough. The government shutdown is not fair to them or their families!"
Starting Wednesday, the restaurant will be offering one free meal per day to any federal government employee who is currently on furlough. All the employee has to do is show their current government ID.
"Every government on furlough can choose 2 from our selection of soups, salads, & sandwiches," a spokesperson said. "It's just our way of helping our local community when needed!"
Virgola Chattanooga said they will do this until the shutdown ends.
California Smothered Burrito is also giving furloughed federal employees a free meal.