Resources Available For Furloughed Government Workers


Three Sioux Falls organizations are working together to collect items for federal government workers furloughed due to the federal government shutdown. 

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Hy-Vee Food Stores, and Denny Sanford PREMIER Center are asking the public to donate non-perishable food items, paper products, and personal toiletries.

You can take donated items to any Sioux Falls Fire Station, any Sioux Falls Hy-Vee Store, or the Arena at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center starting Thursday, January 24. 

Donations will be available for pickup by furloughed federal workers at the Arena on Saturday, February 2 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

As the federal government shutdown continues after more than 30 days, organizations are stepping up to offer help to furloughed workers.  We’ve compiled a list of resources for workers from South Dakota; please send news releases on additional help to

Co-op Natural Foods is offering 20 percent off grocery purchases and free coffee to federal workers impacted by the shutdown. You will need to present an I.D. at the register to receive the discount.

Dunn Brothers Coffee is offering a free coffee and muffin to federal workers impacted by the shutdown.

Fazoli’s is offering a free pizza baked spaghetti to federal employees impacted by the shutdown. You will need to present an I.D. and purchase a drink to redeem this offer. The offer expires January 27.

First Dakota National Bank will provide a no fee loan program for credit qualified federal government employees affected by the shutdown. 

Great Western Bank announced it wants to help with customers who are federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown.  On a case-by-case basis, the bank will work with customers on assistance that could include adjustments to fees and late charges along with no-fee, short-term consumer loans.  

The Harlem Globetrotters are offering complimentary game tickets to any U.S. government employee currently on furlough.  Employees need to show their valid government ID at the KELOLAND Box Office at the PREMIER Center to receive two complimentary tickets to the team’s game on April 15 at 7 p.m.  

The offer is only valid during the current government shutdown and is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Quantities are limited.  

The Helpline Center is collecting donations at its Sioux Falls location for furloughed workers in partnership with Feeding South Dakota and The Salvation Army.  It is accepting non-perishable canned goods during normal business hours.  Review the resources it has available online.

Midco is also offering account support to federal employees impacted by the shutdown.

The Original Pancake House is offering free eggs, pancakes and hashbrowns all week long. 

Potbelly Sandwich Shop is offering a buy one, get one free entress when you show a federal government I.D. The offers runs January 23 through January 27.

Rapid City Area Schools are encouraging families impacted by the government shutdown to apply for free and reduced meals.

The city of Rapid City shared a list of resources from the United Way of the Black Hills.  It includes information on food and utility assistance for workers in western South Dakota.  

Shani Palace in Sioux Falls is offering a free lunch to federal employees.

The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society is offering to help out government workers.

The organization says people affected by the shutdown who are struggling to feed their pets can use the shelter’s pet food bank.

Just bring your government I.D. and the shelter will give you a bag of food for your pets.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park is offering federal workers and three immediate family members 60 minutes of free play every Tuesday through Thursday in January. 

The Yankton School District hopes to relieve some of that burden by offering free or reduced lunches for children of those employees. 

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