Kraft Opens Free Pop-Up Store For Furloughed Federal Workers

As the longest government shutdown in American history stretches onward, 800,000 furloughed workers have already passed one pay period without a paycheck, and are dreading the next. To help out, Kraft Heinz Co. opened up a pop-up store this week. Time reports that federal employees with ID can fill up a bag with Kraft Heinz groceries.

In a press release, Kraft head of marketing Sergio Eleuterio explains: "During the government shutdown, parents should not have to worry about putting dinner on the table because they aren't receiving a paycheck... Kraft stands for families and we want to support the families who have built our brands. This store is one way we can help those affected get the grocery staples they need." In return, Kraft asks that those who receive help pay it forward "by donating to their charity of choice or someone in need once they are able to do so."

The store, located a few blocks from Washington, D.C.'s Union Square, closes this Sunday, January 20. Since Kraft Heinz products include grocery staples like mac-and-cheese, salad dressing, condiments, even Stovetop Stuffing, hopefully eligible workers will be able to get there this weekend to stock up for the duration.