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There are so many people that are still not getting pay checks.  Lots of business in the Tampa Bay area are stepping up to help

The government shutdown is impacting the lives of so many federal workers in the Tampa Bay area who are not getting paid.

Local businesses and agencies are stepping in to offer help.  I cannot believe this is still happening.  Here are some of the places that are offering help.


Humane Society Tampa Bay

HELPING HAND:  Will be providing free pet food during our normal business hours for any government worker (verification required) who is not getting paid that needs assistance.  More here. 


Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium supports federal workers who are facing the longest shutdown in U.S. history with free admission until the government reopens.  Free admission to a place where they can come and relax for a little bit is the least we can do during this stressful time.”

From now until the government reopens, workers affected by the shutdown can receive one free admission with their federally issued ID.


Sunken Gardens and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

The City of St. Petersburg is offering free admission to Sunken Gardens and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve throughout the duration of the federal government shutdown. Valid federal identification or a recent pay stub and photo ID is required to gain admission for residents,
visitors, and up to three of their guests.   Sunken Gardens is located at 1825 4th St. N. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is located at 1101 Country Club Way S.


Gabby Q Cuts

Gabby  Q Cuts in Largo is offering free haircuts to members of the U.S. Coast Guard until the government shutdown is over. Get more info here.



If your job is affected by the government shutdown (furloughed/working without pay), bring proof of your position and you can come see a movie & have a draft beer on us every single night until the shutdown ends. Our theater seats 32, first come, first served. (Regular tickets still available for sale, all unsold tickets will be given to unpaid government workers- tickets not required, just walk in at showtime with proof.) To check showtimes or purchase regular tickets, visit Visit Gigglewaters on Facebook 


Pinellas County Schools 

Households which are impacted by the partial government shutdown, that is a loss of income, may apply for school meal benefits using their current income situation.

Apply online here or request a paper application from your Cafeteria Manager.


Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is offering a free meal to all furloughed government employees affected by the government shutdown. Through Wednesday, January 23, or until the government shutdown ends, any government employee can receive one complimentary Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti entrée for lunch at any Macaroni Grill location nationwide. Workers must show their credentials (federal ID) while dining-in at any Macaroni Grill location between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Feeding Tampa Bay

Feeding Tampa Bay offers food at many locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Get more info here.



As federal employees across the Tampa/St. Pete region begin to go without their paycheck during the ongoing shutdown, Airbnb is announcing A Night On Us, a new program to support federal executive branch employees in Florida as well as nationwide who share their home or an experience on Airbnb during the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Any federal executive branch employee in Florida who hosts either an Experience or three nights in their home over the three months between December 18, 2018 and March 18, 2019 will get up to $110 extra on us. Learn more about A Night On Us here.


More info HERE