As the government shutdown continues, Wood River Valley residents have rallied around furloughed federal workers living in the area, as well as federal workers still expected to show up for their shifts without pay, such as TSA agents and air-traffic-control workers. 

Friedman Memorial Airport Manager Chris Pomeroy said Wednesday that all TSA agents and air-traffic controllers have continued to show up for their shifts with no hiccups. According to Pomeroy, there’s been an “incredible outpouring of support from the community and the [Friedman Memorial Airport Authority] board.”

Today, Jan. 25, at the Grange Hall in Hailey, there will be a free dinner for furloughed federal workers and their families. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is being hosted by retired federal workers of the Wood River Valley. The Grange Hall is at 609 S. Third Ave. in central Hailey. At the dinner, a list of additional resources for federal workers in the Wood River Valley will be available.

According to The Chamber—Hailey and the Wood River Valley, Souper Supper free dinners are offered in Hailey on Mondays and Thursdays at St. Charles Parish Hall, and on Wednesdays in Ketchum. The Hunger Coalition offers food at three different pantries, three times per week. Information for locations and times can be found at thehungercoalition.org.

In addition, Mahoney’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue is offering free kids meals for federal employees’ families for the remainder of the shutdown, and Mountain Humane can help provide pet food. Loan assistance is being offered by Washington Federal and Pioneer Federal Credit Union, the Chamber stated.

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