Sonoma County Restaurants Offer Free Meals to Furloughed Government Workers

Local restaurants and coffee shops are rallying to provide hot food, cool drinks and a welcoming environment to furloughed federal workers.

By Sarah Stierch

As the government shutdown moves closer to the one-month mark, an estimated 4,000 federal employees in Sonoma County are dealing with the consequences. 

Rent is late, bills remain unpaid, and food and necessities are becoming scarce for many families, who continue to wait for the government to reopen so that they can get paid and return to work. 

To support furloughed federal workers and their families, a few Sonoma County restaurants and coffee shops are rallying to provide hot food, cool drinks, and a welcoming environment. Click through the gallery for details. Please note that federally issued ID is often required. 

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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