Federal Government Shutdown Assistance
We are currently collecting information (from businesses or non-profits) on specialized assistance in response to the government shutdown. Please complete this registration form to be added to this list.
Resources and Information Related to Common Questions
- Furloughed workers can review guidance about unemployment benefits here.
- SNAP, WIC, Free & Reduced Price Lunch, and other food security benefits – check USDA for updated information.
- SNAP benefits for February 2019 are being issued early (recipients should receive benefits during the week of January 21). Benefits will not be received in February, so recipients must budget what they receive for SNAP in late January to last through February.
- Public housing (Section 8) for most recipients should be paid through February. More information is available here and through local agencies.
- Federal tax refunds are being accepted and processed as scheduled, beginning January 28th. More information is available here.
- Medicaid, CHIP, Disability, and Social Security Benefits are not affected by the shutdown.
- Benefits for Veterans through the VA are not affected by the shutdown.
Available Resources in South Dakota
(We will add resources to this list as we are notified. If you’d like to be added please fill out the form above):
Lists of Local Food Pantries and Community Meal Sites – Created by the Helpline Center
Stop in to any First Bank & Trust location and request a free grocery card (while supplies last). Simply show documentation of your furlough status. Please visit your local branch or call (800) 843-1552.
GROW SD is committed to helping South Dakotan’s who are experiencing financial hardship due to the partial government shutdown. We are ready to help with a short-term small loan for those affected by the shutdown such as furloughed government employees. Limited funding available. Contact (605) 698-7654 ext 134 for more details. Proof of government employee or proof of government contractor.
The Original Pancake House has a free breakfast available Monday-Friday to federal employees and contractors.
Shahi Palace is offering a free lunch to federal employees.
US Bank is committed to serving its millions of customers across the country as a trusted financial partner. In addition to its existing customer assistance programs, U.S. Bank is offering a new low-rate, quick loan product designed to help current customers who are federal employees needing special assistance during the U.S. government shutdown. Because of the unique nature of the loan, to qualify, you must have a current U.S. Bank product, been a customer for at least 120 days and meet other criteria.
Existing customers are encouraged to contact our designated federal government shutdown line at 877.760.6046 to speak with a customer service representative about this product and other customer assistance programs that may be available, including mortgage relief options.
On Saturday, February 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., individuals impacted by the furlough can stop by the front lobby of the Arena at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and pick up donated items from the community. Items include non-perishable food, paper products, and personal toiletries. Thank you to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, and HyVee for coordinating this effort!
Plains Commerce Bank is offering federal employees currently on furlough, or working without pay a relief loan with no interest and no associated fees up to three months net pay. Applicants do not have to be a current Plains Commerce Bank customer, may borrow up to three months net pay up to $10,000, no payments required and 0% interest for the first 60 days. Call or visit your local Plains Commerce Bank branch.
First Dakota National Bank is providing a 0.00% APR, no fee loan program to Federal Government employees affected by the Government shutdown. Applicants are not required to be First Dakota customers, but must reside in a First Dakota service community. (Beresford, Blunt, Chamberlain, Elk Point, Kimball, Mitchell, Oacoma, Parkston, Pierre, Salem, Sioux Falls, Vermillion, Wagner, and Yankton) Stop in to any First Dakota location to learn more. Funds are being available to federal employees who are receiving no income during the shutdown. The maximum loan amount is based upon the borrowers net take home pay derived from their federal job as evidenced by a pay-stub and they can borrow up to three months of the take home amount.
Natural Abundance Food Co+op in Aberdeen is offering free water (up to 5 gallons) to furloughed employees every Tuesday until the government shutdown ends. Furloughed members of Natural Abundance receive a 10% discount everyday until the end of the government shutdown.
Midco will offer account support to federal employees who are directly affected by the government shutdown to ensure their services remain available. To discuss how we can help you during this time, please contact us using any of the options at Midco.com/Contact.
Aberdeen Area Humane Society will help anyone affected by the government shutdown with food and supplies for their pets. Call the AAHS at (605) 226-1200 if you’d like to learn more.
Fit and Fire Studios Div. of Profiling Beauty Health and Wellness in Aberdeen is offering free yoga to any furloughed Federal worker every Thursday until the shutdown is over. Individuals who’d like to participate can present their ID badge when they arrive at the studio at 224 1st Avenue SE, Aberdeen, SD.
4 the Kids SD will help pay for student lunches in elementary, middle, and high school. They offer a $25 payment stipend directly deposited into a student’s lunch account. This program began for residents of Codington County, but due to the government shutdown they are extending the program to residents of Codington, Hamlin, Deuel, Clark, and Day counties. This stipend is available immediately and will continue until the government shutdown ceases. Furloughed government employees are encouraged to call, email or message our Facebook page for assistance. (605) 680-0488, firstname.lastname@example.org or 4 the Kids SD Facebook page.
Local Giving Opportunities
If you’re looking for an opportunity to help those affected by the government shutdown please consider one of the following:
Helpline Center, in partnership with The Salvation Army and Feeding South Dakota is holding a Food Drive from January 18 – February 1, 2019. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at The Helpline Center, 1000 N. West Avenue, Suite 310, Sioux Falls, or American Bank & Trust locations in Sioux Falls during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Click here for additional details.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Denny Sanford PREMIER Center are partnering to offer assistance to members of the community affected by the furlough. Donate items by bringing them to any Sioux Falls Fire Station or any Sioux Falls HyVee. Requested items include: Non-perishable food, paper products, and personal toiletries.
Please visit www.211.org for a list of national companies providing assistance.