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Where Maryland Federal Employees Can Get Help During Shutdown

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Several organizations are providing help for government employees affected by the partial government shutdown.

Friday marked the second pay period federal employees wouldn't receive a paycheck.

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A multi-agency effort in Maryland to support federal workers affected by the shutdown. The group is collecting and distributing food donations. distributing gas cards.

211 Maryland

For a number of services with Baltimore City and across Maryland, dial 211.



Maryland Food Bank

Pantry On The Go - Saturday, Jan. 26 10 a.m. to noon

Free produce and non-perishables available at Giant Foods locations: 7940 Crain Highway in Glen Burnie and 9200 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City

Anne Arundel County Food Bank 

A food pantry is available to help federal employees affected by the shutdown.


World Central Kitchen (Chef Jose Andres) is offering a free meal to government employees between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. World Central Kitchen is located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C.

Also the following Maryland restaurants are offering free meals:

Family Meal by Bryan Voltaggio

880 East St, Frederick, MD 21701

Open: Chicken Dinner for Take-Out Every Day 11am-6pm

Jaleo Bethesda

7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda MD 20814

Open: Every Day 2pm-5pm

Beefsteak Montgomery Mall

7101 Democracy Blvd FC7, Bethesda, MD

Open: Every day 2pm-5pm

Connie's Chicken and Waffles

400 W. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD

Open: Weekdays 3pm-6pm


All Maryland Locations

Open: Weekends Only from 6pm-8pm




Free rides from the MTA for federal employees. Just show your federal ID.

Michael & Son Services, Inc.

Michael & Son has put in place a furloughed federal employee assistance program to keep area families warm and safe in their homes during the shutdown. Michael & Son is offering up to 6 months of no payments on plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling repairs.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is automatically reversing monthly service and overdraft/non-sufficient fund fees for any customer who is an employee of an affected federal government agency and whose payroll check was direct deposited into the customer's account in November 2018

M&T Bank

Impacted customers will be allowed to defer payments or make partial payments until they're reinstated with back pay. They just need to contact M&T Bank and tell them verbally that they are affected by the shutdown.



Loyola University

Loyola University Maryland invites furloughed government workers and their families to enjoy Mass and a free brunch on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m. Register here:



If you live in Baltimore City, here's a specific list of how several city agencies and local banks are helping.

WTOP has a list of DC area deals for affect federal employees.

More deals from the DCist


If you're looking to help federal employees in need, there are several ways to help.

Make a food donation at one of the drop off locations set up by #MDHelps. Click here for more info.


If you or your organization is helping federal employees and wants to be added to this list, email

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