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More offers of food, financial help coming for federal workers furloughed by shutdown

RTC is offering free rides for federal workers impacted by the partial government shutdown. (Cropped Photo: Martin Falbisoner / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Federal workers furloughed by the partial government shutdown now entering its fifth week are receiving more offers of help from Las Vegas area entities.

McCarran International Airport baggage screeners are receiving a free lunch today thanks to Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts employees.

Employees at Mandalay Bay spent Friday preparing 350 box lunches. Mandalay Bay Chef Thomas O'Neill oversaw the efforts. MGM has another lunch delivery planned for Friday, Jan. 25.

Today's lunch delivery to the Transportation Security Administration staffers will take place at 11 a.m.

The TSA employees missed their paycheck on Jan. 11 and have been under orders to work without pay during the shutdown.

Meanwhile, Henderson is lending a helping hand to furloughed federal employees living in Henderson who have been financially affected by the shutdown.

The Department of Utility Services is offering a three-month deferment in payment for water and sewer bills and the Parks and Recreation Department is offering deferred payment for certain recreational services, such as the SafeKey program, registration for youth sports, park rentals and recreation classes.

“Many federal workers living in Henderson may be facing financial hardship after weeks without a paycheck,” said Mayor Debra March. “Affected residents should not have to worry about paying their water bill or keeping their children in before and after-school programs when they may be struggling to make ends meet because of the furlough.”

Furloughed federal employees living in Henderson can submit a deferred payment request for their water and sewer bill online through Contact Henderson or by calling the Department of Utility Services’ Customer Care Center at 702-267-5900. Customers will be asked to provide proof of employment such as a furlough letter or a pay stub showing that they work for the federal government. Furloughed employees can defer payment for recreation services at any Henderson recreation center by showing their federal ID or by calling 702-267-4000.

Among the other recent offers of assistance are free RTC rides to free admission to The Mob Museum with a $5 cocktail.

Wells Fargo & Company is offering relief to impacted customers and community members. Fee reversals and waivers are available to affected customers and the company announced a donation of $250,000 to the United for U.S. Coalition announced Friday by United Way Worldwide to support those in local communities who are also affected.

There are about 3,200 federal workers in Nevada furloughed by the shutdown, now in its 28th day.

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