Resources for those affected by the Shutdown. And you can help, too.

January 25, 2019

After the longest government shutdown in history at 35 days, the government will re-open for 21 days (3 weeks) until February 15.  Many fuloughed government employees and theire families continue to struggle from the far reaching affects, so please spread the word on where these folks can find support. And there are plenty of ways for you to get involved and help if you're not affected by the shutdown.


Central Texas Food Bank:  Help keep the shelves stocked!  Every donation helps with the extra demand that's putting a strain on their resources during this shutdown. Each dollar makes a big difference in someone's life. Help Here.

SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is federally run and the shutdown has money for Texas currently tied up.

  • February funds will be issued early on Sunday, January 20 to give people more time to maximize their benefits for the month. Funds can't be distributed beyond February, so March is an unknown. SNAP recipients are being urged by the state to consider using food assistance programs .. food bank or food pantry. Another reason donations are so important to places such as the Central Texas Food Bank  (CBS Austin). .For more information, call 211 for food assistance programs.

Austin Eateries offering Discounts:
(Spectrum News)  (Eater Austin)

  • Bakery Lorraine Domain Northside & San Antonio locations are offering a free coffee & pastry 
  • Bird Bird Biscuit is extending their staff discount to furloughed federeal employees 50% off food & free coffee
  • Hop Doddy 25% off food
  • Modern Market all locations will offer free grain bowls Fridays - Sundays, 5pm until close.
  • Punch Bowl Social 25% off food, games
  • Taco Cabana  20% off food

Texas Diaper Bank

  • Government employees and contractors affected by the furlough who enroll by February 1st, will be eligible to receive 6 months of services – free of charge. Click here!
  • To make a donation to help families get access to diapers and other necessities, click here

Austin Energy: Those affected by the shutdown can contact Austin Energy for help. Even if they've been disconnected. If the shutdown continues more than 30 days, the city will re-evaluate each affected customer's account. Customer service: 512-494-9400 / outside Austin call toll-free: 1-888-340-6465  (CBS Austin)

  • Collection activity postponed for 30 days
  • Evaluate if the customer is eligible for assistance through some of their programs
  • Diconnected due to nonpayment, service will be restored  

The Society for St. Vincent de Paul: Donations & volunteers are welcomed to help keep up with the need. 

  • Client hours are at their 901 W. Braker  / Tuesday through Friday from 11a-2p. Ask any questions about rent or utility or other financial issues during client hours, and then refer you for a home visit and consideration for financial help.
  • Saturdays they have a food pantry from 9am to noon.
  • Email: for help

Retail Me Not Ways to Save for those Affected by the Shutdown 

  • Great Harvest Bread Co. several locations in the U.S. are setting up “Shutdown Shelves” with free bread for federal employees impacted by the shutdown. Click here.  ATX location
  • Hudson Group with more than 1,000 stores in airports and transportation terminals in 87 locations, Hudson Group is offering TSA and customer workers 20% off food, beverages and core store products when shoppers show a TSA or Transborder ID.
  • Tanger Cares Happy Perks  Now through January 28th, Tanger Outlets is proud to offer a FREE $20 Gift Card to impacted government employees. Impacted government employees can present their valid US Federal Government ID from one of the following departments at Tanger Outlets Shopper Services to receive the FREE $20 Gift Card. 
  • Geico Insurance agents are available around the clock to assist w/ payment options & insurance needs. Go online or by phone 1-800-7847.
  • Bank of America offering personalized financial assistance through its Client Assistance Program for any federal government employee. The priority assistance phone line can be reached at 844.219.0690
  • Chase will automatically waive or refund overdraft and monthly service fees on Chase checking and savings accounts if an employee’s salary from an affected federal agency was direct-deposited into the account in November, 2018.” Chase is also offering financial support and guidance through its hardship program, which can be reached at 888-356-0023 to discuss available hardship programs.
  • Harlem Globe Trotters any U.S. government employee can show their valid government ID at their local box office and get two free tickets to a Harlem Globetrotter game while supplies last. This offer is only valid during the current government shutdown.

Wireless Provider Offers

  • AT&T  customers affected by the shutdown are eligible for flexible payment options to keep services, including phone, TV and internet, running. 
  • Sprint  is working with federal government employees on short-term payment solutions during this time. Impacted Sprint customers can contact 888-211-4727 or go online to chat with a Care representative.
  • T-Mobile is also offering resources to customers, including flexible payment options as well as payment deferral. Customers can call T-Mobile Customer Care to discuss options at 611 from a T-Mobile device or 877-746-0909 from any phone.
  • Verizon is waiving late fees and agent assist fees for federal government employees directly impacted for the duration of the shutdown. For support with Verizon wireless, call 1-866-266-1445.

Many more ways to save here too!