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List of Local Assistance for Boiseans Affected by Government Shutdow

Last updated January 24, 2019 by Stephanie Lloyd


We have compiled a list of local Boise companies, restaurants and non-profits who are doing what they can to assist government or federal employees who have been caught in the 2019 Government shutdown. Please email us at if we need to add anything to the list.

Food Pantries:

St. Vincent de Paul

“Government workers, St. Vincent de Paul stands in solidarity with you during these challenging times. If you are struggling to make rent or utilities or need food we can help. Look around our website to learn about our resources and how to reach out for help. The easiest way is by visiting a food pantry or calling our help line. “

See St. Vincent de Paul Website

Ada County and Mountain Home (208) 331-2208
Caldwell Area: (208) 919-2940 (English) (208) 571-2160 (Spanish)
In the Nampa area, help with utilities is available by calling: (208) 466-3400

Idaho Food Bank

As a result of the government shutdown, many hard-working Idahoans are facing a situation they never imagined. A few weeks ago, they were celebrating the holidays. Today, they are worried about where their next meal will come from.

See Idaho Food Bank Website




Federal Government Employees & their entire immediate family, receive a free scoop of ice cream!

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The Local

From their Facebook 1/21/19: “All furloughed federal employees, come have lunch on us. If you have children under 21 we are happy to prepare takeout for you. This is available everyday between 11:30-3:00. Please bring a badge or some form of identification.”

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Mister BBQ

Free lunch to furloughed government employees.

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Moss Coffee & Tea

Free drip coffee.

Cafe Crane

Free drip coffee.

West Valley Medical Center

From their Facebook page: “Are you a federal worker affected by the government shutdown? Please allow us to help by offering a free meal. Simply come to our cafeteria and present your government/federal ID for a hot meal and fountain drink. Cafeteria hours: Breakfast: 6:30am to 10am; Lunch: 11am to 2pm, and Dinner: 4pm to 6pm.”

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Woodland Empire Ale Craft

From their Facebook page: “ Times are tough right now for our friends in the federal workforce, and while we can’t solve the issue, sometimes a good beer in a friendly place can help. So, we’re offering free beer to furloughed federal workers. Contribute to their beer-fund, and help us keep this going by buying them a beer in advance for $2. “

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Idaho Humane Society

1 month pet food. Next Pet Food Pantry date is Jan. 30th, then Feb. 10th. from 11am - 1pm. Please call to confirm eligibility and continuation of service: (208) 342-3508

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Health & Wellness

Boise Acupuncture Cooperative, Inc.

Free acupuncture for furloughed and unpaid government employees and contractors. Visit their website or call 208-917-1282

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Zen Riot Yoga & Wellness Studio

5 class pass to anyone going unpaid due to the government shutdown. Email them at

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Ophidia Studio

Free class for anyone affected as well as free entry for a friend or family member.

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Paul Mitchell The School: Boise

From their FB page: ‘We are offering complimentary haircuts for government workers. Please call to book your appointment with us (208)375-0190.
*All services are performed by students and supervised by licensed instructors’

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Taco Bell Arena

Free admission & food vouchers for the next Boise State Broncos Men's & Women's basketball games. Men's Game 1/26/19, Women's Game 1/30/19.

Caliente Salon

FREE haircuts to federal employees affected by the Gov Shutdown. All you need to do is make an appointment and bring your Gov issued ID, that’s it.


Revolution Concert House & Event Center

Free tickets for select shows to federal workers affected by the government shutdown, and if eligible you can pick them up at The Record Exchange starting Friday 1/25/19 – just bring your federal ID!

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Morrison Center at Boise State University

A free family four-pack of tickets to “The Phantom Tollbooth,” Federal employees should bring their ID to the Morrison Center box office or call 208-426-1110.

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Home Services

Eagle Heating & Air

40% discount off the service call fee and allow deferred payments with federal ID badge or pay stub. Phone # 208.230.1716

Additional Assistance

Idaho CareLine (211)

Apply for Health & Welfare Benefits: Apply Here

ElAda Community Partnership


Idaho Central Credit Union

Up to $5K 90 day no-pay

CapEd Credit Union

-Personal Loans up to $5K on approved credit, no interest and no payment for 90 days.
-No fee auto and RV loan. Skip-a-payment with your qualified caped loan
-No early withdrawal penalties to Term Certificates

Mountain America Credit Union:

-MACU load payment deferral for 3 months
-Signature loans at reduced rates
-Apply for auto loan with regular income even if paycheck hasn’t been received (for members)

Idaho Housing and Finance Association:

-Federal Employees unable to pay for their mortgage because of the shutdown will not be reported to credit bureaus.

Pioneer Credit Union:

Late fee waivers & payroll advance at 0% APR for qualified members.

Icon Credit Union

-Personal loans up to $5K with no payments for 90 days. (approved credit)




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