Restaurants across country feeding federal employees

This isn’t the first time Richard Skorman and his wife, Patricia Seator, are offering free food during a government shutdown.

The couple have co-owned Poor Richard’s restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs since the early 1990s, and have done their part to help struggling workers each time the federal government has come to a halt.

This time, the restaurant made the offer public in a Facebook post last week, which has since garnered more than 780 shares.

“It’s something we like to do because people are really struggling financially, working paycheck to paycheck. Government workers are often not making huge amounts of money and they really appreciate it,” Skorman said.

He said customers have included federal employees from all kinds of positions — airport security agents, employees from the forest service, homeland security and food stamp office. So far, he said the restaurant has served more than four dozen families and they’ve all expressed great appreciation.

“These are employees who are behind the scenes. They weren’t expecting anybody to reach out to them in a kind way, or that anybody cares that much about them,” he told CNN. Most of the people who come in, he said, are worried about what comes next.

“They’ve all expressed sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring, or have to work without getting paid,” he said. “The employees that we have (gotten) are not huge wage earners and they’re older and worried they’re not going to get their income tax returns. It’s really just upsetting, it feels like almost everybody you come in contact with is upset about this.”

He said many other customers have stepped up to help by paying extra, and Skorman said he wished more people and businesses would reach out and help during the shutdown.

Dozens of restaurants across the country are doing just that.

Countrywide acts of generosity

Java Joe’s Cafe in Saint Ignace, Michigan,