Washington Nationals donate $100K to support federal workers amid shutdown

The Washington Nationals on Thursday announced a $100,000 donation to a Washington, D.C., food bank to support federal workers who have gone without a pay check during the ongoing partial government shutdown.

The contribution from the team's Dream Foundation will go to the Capital Area Food Bank "to meet rising demand in the D.C. region from government workers, contractors, and social services recipients not able to afford adequate food at this time."

The donation will allow the food bank to expand its "pop up" operations around the region and deliver food to other community pantries, the team said.


Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been furloughed or required to work without pay amid the partial government shutdown, which is now in its 34th day. Some workers have visited food banks during that time.

If the shutdown continues, federal workers will miss a second paycheck Friday.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE has signed legislation that guarantees federal employees backpay once the shutdown ends. Federal contractors, however, are not assured backpay for work done during the funding lapse.

The Nationals previously announced that season-ticket holders furloughed during the shutdown could delay their monthly payments until the government is reopened.

Numerous other businesses and sports organizations have offered discounts to support those affected by the shutdown.

The Senate is set to vote Thursday on a pair of measures that could end the shutdown, though neither is expected to receive the 60 votes needed to pass.

The House has already passed legislation to fund various government agencies, though the president has said he will not support measures that don't include funding for a wall along the southern border.