Concession stands at Detroit Metro Airport offering employees free food during shutdown

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 12:26:55-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Now in Day 31 of the government shutdown, Detroit Metro Airport is offering relief to its federal employees.

The Wayne County Airport Authority and its concession stands will offer workers free food up to $20 each day during the partial government shutdown.

Officials say federal workers can visit a DTW location of their choice and purchase a meal, snack or beverage. See the airport's full list of concessions here.

“Our governmental partners have shown a level of commitment and professionalism that is unmatched,” said WCAA CEO Chad Newton. “Having worked in public safety, I can attest to the importance of our federal partners who work with us to ensure our airports and the skies are safe and secure. Although they’re not being paid, they come to work each day and continue to provide the excellent customer service our travelers expect. It is an honor to offer them some relief during this stressful time.”

The airport in partnership with Paradies Lagardere Dining Division, Delta Air Lines and the WCAA have also teamed up with Forgotten Harvest to host a food drive on Jan. 22 at Nomads on Middlebelt in Romulus.

“I walk by many of these workers every week. I know some of them. I imagined being in their shoes and knew we had to do something,” said Paradies Lagardere Dining Division Partner and Vice President Tanya Allen. “Paradies Lagardere and everyone who works in the airports depends on the federal workers to keep us safe. We are very interconnected and these are very unique and challenging times. We are here to be their safety net, as they are ours every day they come to work – even without pay.”

More than $3,000 worth of food has been donated by the DTW community for federal employees, officials say.

If you are in need of emergency food assistance, click here.