UPDATE: Valley restaurants offer meals for government employees during shutdown

Courtesy of Stefano's Pizza Express Facebook page

Stefano’s Pizza Express in Pharr, and Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza in Harlingen, are offering free meals for “government employees impacted by the shutdown,” according to Facebook posts by the restaurants.

Due to the government shutdown we are offering free food to those government employees impacted by the shutdown. This…

Posted by Stefano's Pizza Express on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The business clarified that the offer is good for active federal employees to receive one dine-in meal during regular business hours. Food recipients need an ID to prove their employment status.

Thank you everyone for your nice comments! Here are some answers to your questions. For active federal employees we are…

Posted by Stefano's Pizza Express on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fazoli’s in Pharr is also providing relief to government employees during the shutdown. Their offer expires Jan. 13, according to the Facebook post.

Fazoli's is offering a FREE Pizza Baked Spaghetti w/ Small Drink Purchase to all Federal Government workers affected by…

Posted by Fazoli's on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The partial government shutdown is in its 19th day. President Donald Trump has not signed a spending bill because it does not include funding for a border wall.