Kraft Heinz Co. announced Tuesday 1/15 that it is opening a pop-up grocery store in Washington, DC to help unpaid federal workers struggling to make ends meet. Workers will be able to stock up on Kraft’s staples such as their mac and cheese mix and other items.
“During the government shutdown, parents should not have to worry about putting dinner on the table because they aren’t receiving a paycheck,” said Kraft’s Head of Marketing Sergio Eleuterio.
The store will be open from January 16th through the 20th.
The only caveat (a positive caveat): Kraft would like workers who can, to pay it forward later by donating to their favorite charity or helping someone in need once their back pay comes through.
About 800,000 government employees across the country are greatly affected by the shutdown; many workers are based in the D.C. area where the government is the largest employer.