The government shutdown has stretched on for more than three weeks now, and many federal employees are missing out on pay, even if they are working.
Some businesses in the Phoenix area and nationwide are offering help to those affected.
Here are some of the deals available to government employees:
APS: Arizona's largest utility provider is offering bill assistance of up to $400 to cover a current or past-due APS bill.
Alamo Drafthouse: With your federal ID, you are eligible for a free ticket every Monday-Thursday in January.
Arizona Science Center: Federal employees can receive free tickets for themselves and one guest until Jan. 21. Just bring proof of employment.
Fazoli's: With a valid ID, furloughed federal employees will receive a free pizza baked spaghetti with the purchase of a drink through Jan. 20.
Modern Market: Get a free grain bowl from 5 p.m. until close on every Friday-Sunday until the shutdown ends.
RigaTony's: Get a free lunch or dinner every day during the shutdown when you bring your government ID to the restaurant.
Riot Hospitality Group is offering a free entree Friday through Sunday at any of its nine restaurant locations throughout the Valley including Farm & Craft, Hand Cut, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, El Hefe and Riot House. Federal workers just have to show their federal government ID.
Rosetta Stone: Email Rosetta Stone and you can receive a three-month online subscription for free. Just be sure you include the name of the government department you work for.
Tanger Outlets: Tanger Outlets in Glendale will be offering TANGERCARES HAPPY PERKS Free $20 gift cards to federal government employees. To receive their gift card, recipients can visit shopper services with their valid government ID. Some exclusions may apply, please click here.
Waldo's BBQ: Every Thursday from 5-8 p.m., Waldo's is offering a free meal for federal employees affected by the shutdown and their families.
YMCA: Bring your government ID to any Valley of the Sun YMCA branch during January and non-members will receive a free month of membership. Y members will have a month of dues waived.
Many banks and wireless providers have announced payment assistance programs available to those affected by the shutdown. Reach out to your bank or service provider and let them know you are a government employee.
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