(Updated Jan. 25) A number of businesses, organizations and attractions in the Richmond Highway area are offering special deals, services or giveaways for government workers affected by the shutdown. Know of others? Post a comment.
The Capital Area Food Bank is holding another free pop-up market Saturday at the Giant in the Beacon Center (see map). Government workers and contractors affected by the shutdown can pick up free produce, groceries and frozen meals between 9-11 a.m.
El Paso Mexican Restaurant’s location at 6151 Richmond Highway is giving 15 percent off the total food bill (alcohol excluded) for dine-in or take-out orders to furloughed federal employees with valid ID.
Spring Hills Mount Vernon in the Mount Zephyr area is hosting a free dinner for furloughed government workers and family members January 24 from 7 – 9 p.m. Guests will be served a three-course meal with a special children’s menu. Entertainment will be provided by saxophonist Keith Kool- K Wilson. RSVP to 703-780-7100 by January 22. Government ID needed for admission.
Brickmakers Cafe at Occoquan Regional Park is offering special $5 meals for federal employees, including federal contractors and military service members. Show your valid government ID and you can get the following for $5 plus tax:
McAllister’s Deli in the Mount Vernon Plaza Shopping Center is inviting all furloughed government employees to enjoy a free Spud. Government ID required, one offer per check with until the shutdown ends.
The USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir is allowing Coast Guard families to visit its food pantry as many times as necessary during the government shutdown.
Mount Vernon CrossFit is providing two weeks of free gym access to all furloughed employees. For details, contact owner/manager Danielle Dionne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Vernon Athletic Club is offering a fitness furlough special: With $1 down, get two months of membership free with a signed 12-month agreement (for existing or new members; must show Federal/Government ID).