As the government shutdown drags into its second month, there’s little relief in sight for families living without income. Understandably, workers are enduring high levels of anxiety, stress, and – in some cases – even boredom from weeks at home.
To offer a helping hand, numerous South Jersey businesses are offering freebies and discounts to furloughed and unpaid federal workers. Media outlets like the Courier Post, NJ.com, and the Press of Atlantic City have recently published articles about these local businesses.
The following list covers a few of the generous South Jersey companies and organizations that haven’t yet received extensive media coverage, as of today (Wednesday, January 24).
If you’re a federal worker affected by the shutdown, visit these South Jersey restaurants and food pantries. Before you make the trip, be sure to call the business or organization in advance to verify that the offer is still valid.
Center Square Tavern (Swedesboro)
This week only, Center Square Tavern will provide free meals to local families not currently receiving pay. Bring your government identification (ID) and up to four family members before Friday, January 25.
120 Center Square Rd
Swedesboro, New Jersey
Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 12 am
Charlie’s Crepes (Merchantville)
When you come to Charlie’s Crepes, write down “I ❤ crepes” on a sheet of paper and hand it to the owner. He or she will ask you for your preference of savory or sweet crepe. Please be sure to call before you visit, as Charlie’s was closed this morning due to freezing pipes.
177 S Centre St
Merchantville, New Jersey
Wednesday – Friday: 9:30 am – 1 pm, 4:30 – 8 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 12 pm, 4:30 – 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm
Chubby’s 1 1/2 Hearth Steakhouse (Gloucester City)
Bring your government ID to receive a burger and domestic beer for $10. Thank you to Marilyn Johnson of Philly Grub for recommending this one!
239 Monmouth St
Gloucester City, New Jersey
Sunday: 4 – 9 pm
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm
Friday: 11 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 12 – 11 pm
Hammonton Presbyterian Church Food Pantry (Hammonton)
Bring your photo ID to the Hammonton Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays between the hours of 9 am and 12 pm for help with groceries. You do not need to live in Atlantic County, and you may visit once every 30 days.
326 Bellevue Ave
Hammonton, New Jersey
Wednesday: 9 am – 12 pm
People’s Pantry Relief Center (Toms River)
Eager to help local families affected by the shutdown, the People’s Pantry Relief Center will serve government workers with valid ID on Saturdays between 1 and 3 pm. Visit their pantry for fresh produce, meat, baked goods, and baby food.
1769 Hooper Ave
Toms River, New Jersey
Saturday: 1 – 3 pm
Philly Pretzel Factory (Mt. Ephraim)
Federal workers with government ID who come to the Philly Pretzel Factory’s Mt. Ephraim location can get one free pretzel dog.
301 S Black Horse Pike
Mount Ephraim, New Jersey
Sunday: 8 am – 6 pm
Monday – Wednesday: 6 am – 7 pm
Thursday – Saturday: 6 am – 8 pm
Robert’s Place (Margate)
Take your government ID to Robert’s Place for a free meal. Choose between grilled ham and cheese with soup; pizza; or a pork roll and cheese sandwich.
7807 Atlantic Ave
Margate City, New Jersey
Sunday – Saturday: 8 am – 4 am
Tiffin Indian Cuisine (Cherry Hill & all other locations)
Until Thursday, January 24, bring your government ID and enjoy a free entree and rice at any Tiffin location between the hours of 12 and 2 pm. Choose between Chicken Tikka Masala; Chicken Curry; Saag Paneer; Chana Masala; Dal Makhani; or Dal Tadka. Carry-out ordered on-premises only.
1892 Marlton Pike East
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Thursday, January 24: 12 – 2 pm
Tuckahoe Brewing Company (Egg Harbor Township)
Government employees over the age of 21 with valid ID can enjoy a free pint at Tuckahoe Brewing Company this Thursday, January 24 on the days and times specified below.
3092 English Creek Ave
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Thursday: 4 – 10 pm
Friday: 3 – 10 pm
Saturday: 12 – 8 pm
Sunday: 1 – 6 pm
As residents unaffected by the shutdown, we can help support these generous businesses who have stepped up to feed local families when our government fails to do so.
If you know of another South Jersey restaurant or food-related organization offering relief to federal workers, please comment below and I will add it as soon as I can. Thank you!
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