José Andrés feeding furloughed workers with temporary kitchen
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Popular chef José Andrés this week is opening a temporary kitchen in Washington, D.C., to feed furloughed federal workers who aren’t getting paid amid the partial government shutdown.

The Washington City Paper reports Andrés will use one of his existing kitchens to operate the pop-up.


The kitchen will feature a menu of free sandwiches, soups and salads available to workers who present a government ID. The food is available for take out and dine-in.

The kitchen, which is located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is in close proximity to several federal office buildings, making it convenient for furloughed workers to take advantage of.

"We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed [their] children,” Andrés said in a tweet announcing the decision. “We're going to be open for any federal family that needs food. We will have food for you to eat or food for you to take home.”

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At the onset of the shutdown, Andrés offered free lunch at any of his restaurants to furloughed workers.

The government is in its fourth week of an ongoing shutdown, with Democrats and Republicans at an impasse over funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump has said he would not sign a spending bill that didn’t include more than $5 billion for a border wall.

Andrés said feeding the federal employees is a message to Trump and the rest of Congress.

“I hope it will be a call to action to our senators and congressmen and especially President Trump to make sure we end this moment in the history of America where families are about to go hungry,” he said. “We should always come together as we the people. As Americans. Bipartisan. Republicans and Democrats. All Americans."