Updated Jan. 17 to include more local businesses offering deals to federal employees.

With the partial government shutdown entering its 27th day — the longest government shutdown in U.S. history — the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports the shutdown impacts more than 25,000 Tennessee residents. 

Below you'll find a list of locally-owned and chain businesses that are offering furloughed federal workers financial relief, whether it be in the form of a free meal or flexible cell phone payment plan. We'll keep updating the list below as we learn of new offerings in the Nashville area.

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Restaurants and businesses offering assistance

M.L. Rose

M.L. Rose's Capitol View location on 11th Avenue North will offer a $5 cheeseburger and waffle fries deal for federal employees affected by shutdown who show ID. The special runs Jan. 17-31.

Additionally, M.L. Rose Food Truck will be at Street Eats (4th Avenue and Deaderick Street) 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. Employees will hand out a free cheeseburger and waffle fry to the first 100 federal employees who show their government-issued ID. Following the first 100, the combo will go for $5.

“There are thousands of federal employees in Nashville who are affected by the shutdown, and they’ve been on my mind,” said owner Austin Ray. “M.L.Rose is a neighborhood spot, and this is a good opportunity to be a good neighbor.”

Daddy’s Dogs

Daddy’s Dogs, located at 5205 Centennial Blvd., is offering a meal to government employees with an ID.

“We wanted to find a way to help. We've deiced to provide meals for anyone effected by this unfortunate and unnecessary shutdown,” a Facebook post reads. “Just bring your government ID by the shop and flash it. We want to make sure the PEOPLE that help keep all of us running are taken care care of.”

312 Pizza Company

Any government employee will receive 50 percent off any 12” thin crust pizza (must present ID) at 312 Pizza Company. The two Nashville locations are at 371 Monroe St. and 2190 Nolensville Pike.

"Thank you for all you guys continue to do, despite the circumstances," the company said.

Blooma Nashville Yoga

Are you a federal worker who isn't receiving pay during the government shutdown? Blooma Yoga, located at 4107 Charlotte Ave., is offering access to free classes.

"We'd love to provide access to classes to help support your self-care during this stressful time. Please email us at [email protected] for details, a Facebook post reads."

Frist Art Museum

Through Thursday, Jan. 31, Frist Art Museum will offer free gallery admission to furloughed government workers plus one adult guest. You must present an ID at visitor services. Those who are 18 and younger always receive free admission.


Fazoli’s invites furloughed federal government employees with a valid ID to come in for a free pizza baked spaghetti with the purchase of a drink. The company has extended the offer, which can be redeemed daily, through Sunday, Jan. 20.

Kings Dining and Entertainment

Bring a valid government ID to receive 2 free games of bowling Monday-Thursday between 11 a.m. and 6pm. Kings Dining and Entertainment is located in Cool Springs at 1910 Galleria Blvd.

Madame Tussauds Nashville

Madame Tussauds Nashville, located at Opry Mills, is offering free admission for all U.S. government employees. It will also offer 50 percent off admission to anyone accompanying the U.S. government employee on their visit. 

Second Harvest Food Bank

If you’d like to lend a hand, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is accepting food donations and money to assist with future needs of furloughed employees. You can find more information here.


Most banks are offering financial assistance programs for those affected by the shutdown. Here's where you can learn more: Bank of America, SunTrust, First Tennessee Bank, Chase, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank.

Metro Nashville Public Schools

With the government shutdown entering its third week, MNPS is encouraging federal workers to consider filling in as substitute teachers. The opportunity provides substitutes to earn an income upwards of $1,300 every two weeks, according to a release.

“We understand this is a tough time for many families impacted by what is happening at the national level,” said Amber Tyus, MNPS director of talent acquisition. “We believe this is a way for workers to find employment that benefits them and the thousands of young people we serve in this district every day.”

Individuals interested in substitute teaching opportunities may email [email protected] regarding the application process or learn more here.

Mobile service providers

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and DIRECTV are all offering assistance to customers affected by the shutdown. Visit each site to see what flexible payment options are available to remain using cellphones, internet and TV.