Furloughed Workers are Offered Subsidies Due to Partial Government Shutdown


People affected finacially, by the partial government shutdown, have some options to help make ends meet.

Agencies are providing assistance from food to fun at a lower cost — some are even providing free services.


  • Mel’s Diner, 109 W Buchanan St, Prairie Grove, AR 72753. Free meals for employees and their families between 8 a.m – 2 p.m.
  • The Grove Comendy Club. 808 S Bloomington St, Lowell, AR 72745. Free lunches and dinners.
  • Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Fayetteville and Bentonville. Twenty-five percent discount.

Resturant owners ask to make sure you bring your government issued I.D.


  • AT&T; flexible payment options to keep service including cellphones, television and internet. Make payment arrangements online at www.att.com.
  • Cox Communications; customers may schedule a future payment date or request more time to make a payment without consequences at www.cox.com.
  • Sprint; to keep service uninterrupted call 888-211-4727 or do an online chat at www.sprint.com.
  • T-Mobile; call T-Mobile Customer Care to discuss options at 611 from a T-Mobile device or 877-746-0909 from any phone. 
  • Verizon; flexible payment options and a “Promise to Pay” program may be set up in the My Verizon app or www.verzionwireless.com , or call 866-266-1445.



  • Bank of America; for priority assistance contact 844-219-0690.
  • Simmons First National Bank; call Customer Care Center at 1-866-246-2400.
  • UARK Federal Employees Credit Union in Fayetteville; waves late fees and offers low-rate options. 


  • Offers a maximum of $500 credit (with a minimum amount of $250) to existing or new PayPal Credit customers at www.paypal.com.


  • The Fayetteville Public Library will waive overdue fines (but not replacement fees or damaged material) for federal employees. I.D. is required.


  • Walton Arts Center offering free tickets for Whose Live Anyway? on Thursday, January 24.

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