Federal workers in Washington lined up at the opening of celebrity Chef Jose Andres’ emergency kitchen, grateful for a free lunch of egg sandwiches, quinoa bowls and tomato soup as the partial government shutdown drag on.
The “chefs for feds” kitchen, launched by restaurateur Andres’ non-profit world central kitchen, is the latest example of how food providers across the country are stepping up efforts to feed unpaid federal workers.
About 800,000 federal workers nationwide were either furloughed or working without pay as the shutdown marked its 26th day.
U.S. President Donald Trump and democratic congressional leaders remained deadlocked in their dispute over trump’s demand for 5.7 billion dollar for a wall along the border with Mexico.
Located between the capitol and the white house, “chefs for feds” will serve free meals to federal government employees in need until the government reopens.
Capital area food bank, the largest distributor of food for soup kitchens and pantries in the Washington area, handed out food to federal workers at five locations.
The crowd was almost twice what they had expected.