VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A cafe in Virginia Beach is giving back to federal workers who have been furloughed during the partial government shutdown.
“We had a customer who came in with three of her children the other day telling us she was furloughed and not making money and she has six children to feed and it just kind of hit home that that could be any of us,” explained Kahiau’s Bakery and Cafe Chef and Owner Victoria Sgro.
Sgro says she gave the mother a meal on the house, but that interaction got her wheels turning.
“People struggle all the time, but this government shut down is making a big impact on this area being a huge military and DOD area,” Sgro stated.
After that, Sgro talked with her employees and decided to provide the free breakfast anytime during their business hours until the partial government shutdown is over, all they have to do is show their government ID.
“When I was in Hawaii, the government shut down actually twice, and at the time I was married to someone in the Navy and thankfully he was active duty with Navy Federal, so it didn’t effect us, but I saw my friends struggle…struggle to put food on the table to just do normal activities,” Sgro recalled.
Customers who saw Sgro’s Facebook post about the free meal also began stopping by to help donate meals for individuals and families affected by the shutdown.
“When I saw that, I really wanted to come out and show support to her because she’s taking care of the community. That’s what we really should be doing when times are hard, is looking out for each other. It’s a beautiful thing, ” smiled customer, Christina Brooks.
The restaurant said in a Facebook post it had an “overwhelming response to support for our furloughed community.”