Shutdown Assistance for Government Employees in Birmingham

The partial government shutdown that started Dec. 22  has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers on the job without a check or furloughed at home waiting for resolution. In Alabama, there are 5,500 employees at federal agencies without funding and subject to the shutdown. There are many businesses offering assistance for those impacted, here’s what we’ve found. If you know of something else, please drop us a comment and we’ll get it added!

Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo will offer free admission to all federal employees and their families for the duration of the federal government shutdown. Effective now, visitors may redeem this special free admission by showing valid federal government employment ID at any Zoo ticketing booth.

Farm Burger

Farm Burger in Birmingham (and Huntsville) is offering free meals to furloughed federal employees every Friday until the government shutdown ends. Offer includes a free chicken burger, fries and iced tea to federal government employees who show their valid ID.

Great Harvest Bread Company in Trussville

Great Harvest Bread Company has created a “Shutdown Shelf” for those affected by the government shutdown. Stop by and get a loaf of bread for your family if this has impacted your life.

Hoover City Schools


Log into this site and complete the free/reduced lunch application.




Junior League of Birmingham Diaper Bank

The Junior League of Birmingham Diaper Bank will offer free diapers and wipes to government employees furloughed due to the government shutdown while the shutdown continues and supplies last.

Employees affected by the furlough should come to JLB Headquarters (2212 20th Avenue South, 35223) during regular business hours (M-F; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) to receive diapers and wipes (one bundle per child in need per household per visit). To qualify, bring the following documentation with you: Parent/Guardian ID, Proof of Government Employment, and Proof of Guardianship.

Tonya Jones SalonSpa

Tonya Jones SalonSpa will be offering discounts to government employees at its four Alabama locations. The chain is offering a 50% discount on haircuts and a 20 percent discount on hair coloring for government employees. Discounts are offered on Thursdays at each of the Birmingham locations and every day at the Huntsville location.

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