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Free Groceries, Meals Available For Furloughed Government Employees During Shutdown

Chicago restaurants and a food pantry are trying to help out furloughed government employees.

Lakeview Pantry is offering to help government workers impacted by the shutdown.
Ariel Cheung/ DNAinfo Chicago
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CHICAGO — Furloughed government workers affected by the record-breaking government shutdown can get free and discounted food this week.

HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen in Pilsen and its sister restaurant, Cà Phê Đá, are offering specials to furloughed federal workers as the government enters its 24th day of the shutdown, according to a news release.

Cà Phê Đá, 1800-½ S.Carpenter St., will serve a free Vietnamese “Worker’s Meal” with protein, vegetables and rice to those in need. The meal is available to single diners who eat in 10 a.m.-close Monday through Wednesday.

Next door, HaiSous is offering 50 percent off food and drink to dine-in customers Monday-Wednesday.

Diners will need to show a government-issued ID to get the offers.

Porkchop BBQ, with locations at 1017 S. Delano Court in the South Loop and 1516 E. Harper Court in Hyde Park, is giving government workers half off their meals until the end of the shutdown. Diners have to show a government ID for the discount.

The Lakeview Pantry, 3945 N. Sheridan Road, is also offering help to furloughed government workers. All government employees with a valid ID will be able to stop by the pantry to get two weeks’ worth of groceries for free during the shutdown.

Food distribution is noon-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 4-7 p.m. Thursday.