Updated: Jan. 21, 11:14 a.m. | Posted: Jan. 17, 1:15 p.m.
As the partial federal government shutdown continues to drag on with no end in sight, plenty of local businesses are stepping up to ease the pain for federal employees who aren't getting paid or have been furloughed.
Here's a list of places offering free food, admission or discounts through Minnesota.
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Afro Deli, with locations at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, is providing free lunches to federal government employees working without pay or laid off during the shutdown.
Workers with federal government IDs can get one free entree between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day until the shutdown ends.
The Minneapolis eatery is offering a free meal to furloughed workers, their partner and their children. A select menu will be available all day.
Impacted workers are asked to present a valid government ID or badge.
The St. Paul-based bakery is offering a free loaf of bread for people affected by the shutdown.
The Minneapolis eatery, which describes itself as marrying "soul-inspired comfort food of the American South (and surrounding influences) with forward thinking, chef driven contemporary cuisine," is giving affected government workers 50 percent off their entire order.
Impacted workers should show staff a badge or ID card.
Government employees must show their IDs.
Punch Bowl Social
A 25 percent discount is available on all food, beverages and games for impacted employees.
Federal employees must present their government ID cards to their server prior to ordering at this St. Louis Park spot.
Admission, tickets and activities
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
The Woodbury theater is offering free movies Mondays through Thursdays throughout the month of January.
Impacted employees can see one free film per day. The free ticket is available only to the federal employee — who must show a federal ID at the box office — and is valid for new or current releases. The offer cannot be used for advance screenings or movie parties.
Minnesota Children's Museum
The Minnesota Children's Museum in downtown St. Paul is offering free admission to furloughed employees and their families. Government workers will need to show their government IDs at the box office when they arrive.
Furloughed employees can get two free tickets to attend a classical concert of their choice through June.
Tickets must be reserved before Feb. 28 using the promo code FEDERAL (call 612-371-5656 or reserve online). A government-issued ID is required when picking up tickets at the box office.
Science Museum of Minnesota
This downtown St. Paul museum is offering furloughed federal employees and three guests free admission, for both the exhibit galleries and the Omnitheater.
Visitors must show a valid government ID at the box office in order to get the free admission.
Furloughed employees and up to three immediate family members can get one free hour of jump time per day at local participating Sky Zones.
Here's more of the fine print: Available Tuesdays through Thursdays only until Jan. 31. A valid government ID is required. And remember to bring socks, which are required on the trampolines!
Walker Art CenterThe Walker is offering furloughed federal employees free tickets to its galleries. The offer is good for the duration of the shutdown.
Affected employees should bring a government ID to the Walker box office.