Free lunch for furloughed workers at MSP

WCCO News Talk 830

Jan 24, 2019

Free lunch for furloughed workers at MSP

TSA workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have now missed two paychecks and some say money is getting tight. As of Thursday, they got a little help.

Cathy Maes Executive Director with Loaves and Fishes, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit providing free meals in the seven county metro, is now providing free lunches for the workers for the next several weeks. She said staff at MSP reached out to her organization with the idea.

“They called and said ‘you know, we fed the federal workers lunch and they really enjoyed it, is there a way that we can continue?’ And I said of course there is!” described Maes.

The organization hopes TSA workers, Customs and Border Protection Agents, and Air Traffic Controllers all come to have a hotdog and a salad.

“The generosity is appreciated,” said Brad Anderson a TSA worker at MSP. “It’s great that people are coming forward seeing our concerns, this issue that we’re facing.”

Each day from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Terminal 1, you’ll find the free lunches for workers on the Mezzanine. At Terminal 2, staff will serve lunches from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on the “ticketing side”. Each day workers will have a hot and a cold meal, and they’re encouraged to take meals home.

“Food is one of those pieces that can ebb and flow, you can go hungry or you can go to a food shelf or come here and have a meal,” said Maes. “We’re in it to make certain that the people we know are struggling from paycheck to paycheck are getting fed.”

Other airports around the country are supporting furloughed federal workers in similar ways.