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Here's where Northeast Ohio federal employees can find freebies, deals during the government shutdown

Here is a list of area businesses offering freebies and deals during the shutdown.

The government shutdown has placed a burden on some Northeast Ohioans, who are currently out of a job as they wait to return to work.

In the meantime, some Northeast Ohio businesses have stepped up to offer aid to furloughed federal employees.

Here is a list of area businesses offering freebies, services and deals during the shutdown:


Airbnb is offering extra money to Ohio federal employees who host an experience or three nights in their home until March 18. Hosts can earn up to an additional $110. Learn more here.


All federal employees with a valid ID can ride Akron METRO free starting Tuesday. This applies to all METRO services, including Northcoast Express, SCAT and Call-A-Bus.


Bearden's in Rocky River is offering a free burger and fries to all government employees with a valid ID from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 24. 

Where: 19985 Lake Road, Rocky River

Burntwood Tavern

Burntwood Tavern is offering a free meal to all government employees every Tuesday. The offer begins Jan. 22 and lasts through the shutdown.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is offering free admission to government employees with a valid government ID.

Where: 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland

Cleveland Sweets

Local home bakery Cleveland Sweets will bake one dozen cupcakes for kids of government workers celebrating birthdays. Just show your government ID.

Where: Place orders by calling 216-584-8494

Cleveland Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is offering free admission every Monday to government workers with a valid ID. 

RELATED: Cleveland Zoo offering free Monday admission to furloughed government employees

Where: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland

Columbia Gas

Columbia will waive late payment fees and offers extended payment arrangements to government employees. Call 1-800-344-4077 to discuss your case.

Elements Bistro

Elements Bistro on Cleveland State University's campus is offering a free entree to government employees Jan. 22-25 with a valid ID.

Where: 2300 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Firehouse Sports Bar & Grill

Firehouse in North Royalton is offering free meals to federal employees and their families. Just show your government ID.

Where: 8611 Ridge Road, North Royalton

Great Big Home and Garden Show

Government workers with a valid ID will receive free admission to the event at the I-X Center, which runs Feb. 1-10. 

Where: 1 IX Center Drive, Cleveland

Inner Bliss

Inner Bliss Yoga Studio is offering complimentary classes to federal workers Wednesday and Thursday at any of its three locations. Just show your government ID.

Where: Inner Bliss, 1224 Huron Road, Cleveland; 19537 Lake Road, Rocky River; 29055 Clemens Road, Westlake

Joey's Jazzy Clips

All federal employees can receive a free haircut at Joey's Jazzy Clips. It is preferred that you bring your government ID, but owner Joey Collins will accept your word even if you don't have it.

Where: Joey's Jazzy Clips, 3439 Lee Road, Shaker Heights


All federal employees can receive a free meal of pasta and meatballs at Lago on the East Bank of Cleveland's Flats. Just show your government ID.

Where: 1091 W. 10th Street, Cleveland

RELATED: Cleveland restaurant offers free meals to government workers and their families

Macaroni Grill

Romano's Macaroni Grill is offering free spaghetti and ricotta meatballs between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to those with valid government IDs. The promotion is good at all 84 locations.

Rescue Village

Rescue Village has launched a Pet Food Pantry program, which opens Jan. 25. Those struggling to feed their pets can visit the pantry for food. Proof of eligibility will not be required. Food pick up will be Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, and participants are asked to make arrangements for pick-up by emailing intake@rescuevillage.org.

Where: 15463 Chillicothe Road, Russell Township

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock Hall is offering free admission to workers impacted by the shutdown. Just show your government ID upon entry.

Where: 1100 E. 9th St., Cleveland

RELATED: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offering free admission to government workers during shutdown


Federal employees and their families can get a free hour of jumping time at Skyzone in Westlake and Highland Heights Tuesdays through Thursdays. The offer is good for up to four people, just show your government ID.


Stouffer's is handing out free frozen meals to federal employees at its Solon location. The giveaway started Wendesday morning and continues while supplies last.

Where: 30003 Bainbridge Road, Solon

RELATED: Stouffer's hands out free meals to federal workers affected by shutdown

Trinity Lutheran Church

All Northeast Ohio government workers and their families are invited to receive free food and three hot meals per month at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakewood. The church will hold a Free Food Pantry on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The church will also hold three community meals on Feb. 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 10 at 4:00 p.m. and Feb. 16 at noon.

No federal employee ID is required. 

Where: 1375 West Clifton Blvd., Lakewood. 

Urban Farmer

Downtown Cleveland's Urban Farmer is offering free lunch to government employees Jan. 21-25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just bring your government ID.

Where: 1009 E. 6th St., Cleveland


The YMCA of Greater Cleveland will allow access to all federal employees who are current members. The YMCA will halt private payments and programming fees for those members during the shutdown. 

RELATED: Furloughed federal workers qualify for unemployment in Ohio

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