The partial government shutdown, over President Trump’s demands for border-wall funding, is now the longest in U.S. history
BRISTOL — Roger Williams University and its dining-hall food service provider are going to offer free meals to active-duty Coast Guard members and their families Tuesday, a response to the partial federal government shutdown that has left the service members without pay.
“RWU and our University College educate many students from the military, and we are glad to do our part by providing support at this difficult time for these local families,” RWU interim President Andy Workman said in a news release Monday morning.
The Bon Appétit Management Company and Roger Williams said active-duty Coast Guard members in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts are welcome at the Bristol campus Upper Commons dining hall from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The university asked Coast Guard members to bring an ID.
Because the Coast Guard is funded through the Department of Homeland Security, its members are not being paid due to a partial federal government shutdown. Members of other armed forces branches -- the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps -- are still being paid, because they’re part of the Defense Department.
“Here in the Ocean State, we have a high density of Coast Guard members,” James Gubata, Bon Appétit’s general manager at RWU, said in a news release Monday. “So we are responding to a need in the community and opening our dining hall in a time of need. We will be offering a family-style meal and trying to create a sense of family because we want them to know they are a part of a community and we want to help them through this situation.”
The partial government shutdown, over President Trump’s demands for border-wall funding, is now the longest in U.S. history, according to the New York Times.