Yelp unites local eateries to feed government employees affected by shutdown

Yelp organized San Diego feeding for government shutdown

San Diego restaurants came together to feed 500 federal employees affected by the government shutdown for free this week.

Organized by Yelp, the event took place Wednesday noon at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Over 380,000 non-essential government employees have been placed on furlough nationwide, with local impact directly affecting essential government agencies such as TSA, Border Patrol, IRS, and more, who have been forced to work without pay for close to four weeks.

"We're now in the midst of the longest government shutdown in American history. There's no sign of this thing ending anytime soon, so in the wake of all the mess we've decided to gather some extremely generous local businesses together with hopes that a free meal might help 500 of you that are in need at the moment," Yelp's event description reads online.

The following eateries were listed as having donated food for the cause:

  • Cali Comfort BBQ

  • Lucha Libre Taco Shop

  • Simsim Outstanding Shawarma

  • Donut Bar

  • El Pollo Grill

  • Valley Farm Market

  • The Pioneer

  • Corbin's Q

  • Coop's West Texas BBQ

  • The Waterfront Bar & Grill

  • Grand Ol BBQ Y Asado