Airport terminal friends feed Feds

Airport terminal friends feed Feds
Photo by Jeff Yapalater

Terminals at both JFK and LaGuardia Airports are showing their gratitude for the federal workers who come to work despite not getting paid during the government shut down. They are providing free meals to those who work their regular shifts.

In some cases, terminal operators are solely providing food through their management of the terminal, as is the case of JFK Terminal One, TOGA, according to Operations Manager Klaudia Fitzgerald.

“ This is something the terminal is happy to do to help ease some of hardship that TSA, Customs Border Protection and Federal Aviation Administration employees are feeling with the deprivation of a paycheck,” Fitzgerald said.

Terminal One has been providing breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Food is purchased outside of the airport, delivered and then brought to the break rooms of the employees. Roughly 60 pizzas are delivered throughout the day for distribution to these federal workers who are very happy to receive a special thanks by the Terminal.

Terminal 4, JFKIAT, is also doing its part with the help of Delta, and The Terminal Four Airline Consortium (TFAC) with it own schedule of food delivery.

JetBlue and Terminal 8 are said to be doing a program but the details are not available.

Last week LaGuardia Gateway Partners of LaGuardia Terminal B supplied federal workers with hot trays of Italian food from Antonio’s Italian restaurant. Take away plates were seen throughout the terminal as workers made their way to their break rooms.

In addition to the terminals sharing with the workers, select vendors in the terminals are offering additional discounts to the workers. Some are offering 20% off retail pricing with other vendors discounting as much as 50% off prices during this period of shutdown.

Various national chains are offering a standard 10% employee discount for airport workers with security badges and a bit more for the federal group.

There was word that there might be free or discounted rides on the Airtrain but nothing so far has been announced.

But the workers who come to work and put their time in because of a sense of responsibility are recognized by the management of the terminals and food service vendors, and likewise these workers appreciate this token of appreciation which helps keep morale high during this uncertain period of employment.

If you are a restaurant or food purveyor and wish to donate food for federal workers at the airports, please email jeff@airportvoice.com to be put in touch with the right people for food sharing at the airports.