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Businesses in Northeast Ohio are stepping up for federal employees

Posted at 10:44 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 06:25:56-05

CLEVELAND — In Northeast Ohio there are plenty of business stepping up to help out these federal workers during their time of need.

Some are serving up a free meal and others are offering up more unique services.

The folks at Lago East Bank in the flats are offering free spaghetti and meatballs to all federal workers and their families until the shutdown is over.

"We've talked to a lot of people and heard their personal stories so its been a really great and impactful thing in the community," said Megan Girvin of Lago East Bank.

A Cleveland staple is also giving back. Folks at Stouffer's handed out free frozen meals to government employees from their office in Solon Wednesday.

But food isn't the only thing small businesses in our area are offering.

"If nothing else maybe it gives them 45 minutes to not think about the things that are going on outside those four walls," said Amy Wojciechowski, the owner of Mentor Salt Cave.

Wojciechowski says sitting in the cave helps combat respiratory issues.

It's usually 25 dollars to visit, but federal workers can sit back in a comfy chair, relax with headphones and reap the benefits free of charge.

"It helps for stress and anxiety, nervousness and all the uncertainties that they're probably facing right now," she said.