Free lunch for furloughed workers at MSP

The offer continues until back pay comes in

Edgar Linares
January 24, 2019 - 7:32 pm

By Edgar Linares


TSA workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who missed two paychecks because of the federal government shutdown got a little help earlier this week.

And now that they're back to work, that help will continue for a while longer.

Cathy Maes Executive Director with Loaves and Fishes, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit providing free meals in the seven county metro, is providing free lunches for the workers. She said staff at MSP reached out to her organization with the idea.

Organizers also say they'll continue offering free food to the federal workers until they receive their back pay.

“They called and said ‘you know, we fed the federal workers lunch and they really enjoyed it, is there a way that we can continue?’ And I said of course there is!” described Maes.

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The organization hopes TSA workers, Customs and Border Protection Agents, and Air Traffic Controllers all come to have a hotdog and a salad.

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“The generosity is appreciated,” said Brad Anderson a TSA worker at MSP. “It’s great that people are coming forward seeing our concerns, this issue that we’re facing.”

Each day from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Terminal 1, you’ll find the free lunches for workers on the Mezzanine. At Terminal 2, staff will serve lunches from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on the “ticketing side”. Each day workers will have a hot and a cold meal, and they’re encouraged to take meals home.

“Food is one of those pieces that can ebb and flow, you can go hungry or you can go to a food shelf or come here and have a meal,” said Maes. “We’re in it to make certain that the people we know are struggling from paycheck to paycheck are getting fed.”

Other airports around the country are supporting furloughed federal workers in similar ways.


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