BBQ restaurant gives free meals to furloughed workers

3 years 1 week 2 days ago Friday, January 18 2019 Jan 18, 2019 January 18, 2019 12:44 PM January 18, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston-area federal workers who've been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown got some free barbecue thanks to a popular local restaurant.

Killen's Barbecue served free family packs of brisket, sausage, potato salad and beans to hundreds of federal workers who lined up at the suburban Houston restaurant on Friday.

The restaurant ran out of food to give away in less than two hours.

Owner Ronnie Killen told KHOU-TV that "it hurts my heart to see that there are that many people affected by what's going on."

Killen said he'll continue giving away food on Fridays until the shutdown ends.

Gerald Steward, who works for NASA, told the television station he supports what President Donald Trump is doing and the free food means he "won't go hungry today."

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