#HoustonStrong: These businesses are helping government workers during shutdown

HOUSTON – As the partial government shutdown continues, Houston-area businesses are stepping up to help out families with loved ones affected by the situation. 

From free pizza to barbecue and more, here’s a list of just some of the establishments helping government workers feeling the pinch.

The Alley Theatre - 615 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002. "All federal employees can purchase two discounted tickets to preview performances ofThe Carpenter by entering the promo code SHUTDOWN. A federal employee or federal contractor ID is required to pick up tickets. The offer is good for performances ofThe Carpenter January 18-23. To purchase discounted $16 tickets and view preview performance dates, visitalleytheatre.org or call the Box Office at 713-220-5700."

Arbor Terrace at Kingwood Town Center - 2807 Kings Crossing Drive, Kingwood, TX 77345 - Arbor Terrace at Kingwood Town Center will be collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for those in need. Please bring food items, toiletries, diapers, gift cards, and other necessary items to our community anytime to help support our government employees. Those in need can feel free to stop by and pick up items to take home. Must show valid government ID. 

Bethels Heavenly Hands - 12660 Sandpiper Drive Houston 77035 - Bethels Heavenly Hands is offering free groceries between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and free hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday between 11 a.m. and noon.

Bistro Provence - 13616 Memorial, Houston, TX 77079 - Any furloughed federal worker or worker having to work without pay during the shutdown can enjoy a free lunch Monday through Friday while the shutdown lasts. There will be a choice of one of two main course dishes which will be included on the daily blackboard special. They will change each day. The offer, which includes a non-alcoholic beverage, is good one time per person. Proof of furlough with a federally-issued government ID will be requested. Because the number of lunches per day are limited based on business volume (the bistro seats 40) reservations are required. It is for dine-in only.

Bread Man Baking Co. - . On Friday, free bread will be available for pick up at their bakery located at 9127 Stella Link Rd. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and, on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market located on the corner of Buffalo Speedway and Westheimer.

Chick-fil-A Deerbrook Mall20131 Highway 59 N Suite 2106, Humble, TX – On Thursday, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Chick-fil-A Deerbrook Mall invites all government employees affected by the government shutdown to enjoy a free original Chick-fil-A sandwich or a 4-count chicken mini. Valid government ID is required, one offer per guest present. Offer is valid at Chick-fil-A Deerbrook Mall only.

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