CLEVELAND– As the partial government shutdown continues, some businesses in Northeast Ohio are offering free items and other types of assistance to federal employees.
Akron Metro RTA is offering free metro bus fare with a federal I.D. Federal employees are eligible for free fares on any METRO service, including line-service, Northcoast Express, SCAT, and Call-A-Bus. This promotion will continue until the shutdown ends.
The Akron Zoo is offering free admission to federal government employees with a valid federal I.D. Employees can receive up to four free tickets through the end of February or the end of the government shutdown. More information and zoo hours, here.
AT&T and DIRECTV
Revised payment schedules and waived late fees. More information here.
Bank of America
Call the client assistance program at 844-219-0690.
Waived or refunded overdraft fees and monthly service fees available. Call 1-888-356-0023.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Free entry on Mondays for all federal employees during the shutdown. Must present ID.
Will waive late payment fees and make extended payment arrangements. Call 1-800-344-4077
Offering affected workers and contractors three free workout classes, valued at $90.
Elements Bistro at Cleveland State
Furloughed employees can received a free entree from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25 when they present a valid government ID.
Farmers State Bank
Offering a 0 percent interest line of credit with no loan fees to impacted workers for as long as the current shutdown continues.
Firehouse Sports Bar and Grill
Free meal to furloughed employees and their families with government ID. Details here.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Free half-gallons of milk through Jan. 30. More information here.
Lago East Bank
Free pasta and meatballs to local federal employees and their families affected by the shutdown. Please present valid government-issued ID. Details here.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Free admission for furloughed government employees and up to one guest with ID or badge.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Lakewood
Free groceries and hot meals throughout the duration of the furlough. Food pantry on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, community meals on Feb. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 10 at 4 p.m., and Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.
United Way of Lake County
Free milk on Jan. 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more information.
Complimentary lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Jan. 25 with valid government ID.
USO of Northern Ohio
Running a Support Drive for Active Duty US Coast Guard families during the government shutdown. They are collecting non-perishable foods, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, diapers, paper products and gift cards for grocery stores, gas and pet stores. Click here for information on drop-off locations.
Payment assistance programs available, based on individual circumstances. Click here for phone numbers.