From free pizza to complimentary movies, here are 10 heartwarming ways people are helping federal employees during the government shutdown

The government has been shut down for 20 days.

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The government has been shut down for 20 days.
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The government shutdown continues to drag on as President Trump and Democrats fight over funding a border wall, making it the longest shutdown of the modern budgeting era.

National parks are overflowing with garbage, food safety inspections are stalled, people can’t get their tax refunds, and airport workers, along with other federal employees, are working without compensation or are not able to work at all.

As federal employees go another day without pay with no compromise in sight, individuals and companies alike are stepping in to offer free meals and services to those in need.

Read more: Over 1,500 federal workers affected by the government shutdown are asking for donations on GoFundMe to help pay their bills

Here are 10 heartwarming ways people are helping government workers.

Chopt is giving out free Warm Bowls to federal workers

A Chopt Warm Bowl.

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A Chopt Warm Bowl.
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Between 6 and 8 p.m. until Friday January 18, all DC Metro locations will give federal workers with ID a free Warm Bowl.

Several organizations are teaming up to give unpaid US Coast Guard service members interest-free loans

A $15 million donation from the United States Automobile Association (USAA), in partnership with the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) and the American Red Cross, will provide Coast Guard service members with a $1,000 loan if they have dependents and a $750 loan if they don’t.

“The American Red Cross has a long history of providing help during emergencies to members of our military, and we are proud to partner with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance and USAA to administer support to the Coast Guard community during this time of financial stress,” Koby Langley, senior vice president, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, said in a statement.

Central Texas Food Bank in Austin is providing federal workers with food

Central Texas Food Bank CEO Derrick Chubbs told CBS Austing that 93% of those who visited the food pantry on Wednesday were federal employees.

Stefano’s Pizza Express in Pharr, Texas, is offering free food to government employees

Stefano’s is offering free 10 and 14-inch pizzas, calzones, Philly cheesesteaks, and other menu items to federal employees affected by the shutdown “until further notice.”

“You guys are amazing,” one commenter wrote. “Thank you for helping those who have been affected by the president’s actions. Every federal employee should be honored by this gesture of kindness out of your hearts.”

A federal employee who took his dog to the vet during the shutdown received a bill for zero dollars

The vet didn't charge for the appointment.

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The vet didn’t charge for the appointment.
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Reddit user mac_is_crack posted a photo of the bill their husband received from a veterinarian after taking their dog Princess in for an appointment. Her husband, a USDA employee, had mentioned to the vet that he was furloughed due to the shutdown. He was surprised to find that the vet had waived all fees on the subsequent bill.

A Texas restaurant is selling tacos to federal employees for one dollar

GuideLive reports that Twisted Trompo in Dallas, Texas, is selling its Mother Flaming Tacos to federal employees for one dollar until the government reopens.

“Helping out others like this makes this country great,” one Facebook user commented on the restaurant’s post.

Michael Moore is offering free movies and refreshments at two Michigan theaters for government employees and their families

People on Twitter applauded Moore for giving those without work or pay a way to de-stress.

Fazoli’s restaurants are offering a free pizza baked spaghetti with the purchase of a drink to federal workers

Participating Fazoli’s restaurants are offering a free baked pizza spaghetti with the purchase of a small drink through January 13 to federal workers with ID.

Poor Richard’s in Colorado Springs is giving federal employees and their families free meals until the shutdown ends

“We urge other businesses to follow suit!” the company wrote on its Facebook page. “We hope this undue hardship facing our loyal government employees ends soon!”

Ruby Slipper Cafe will give government employees and their families a free entree and drink.

Rubby Slipper Cafe has locations in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. Twitter users praised the chain for supporting government employees.

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