The Washington state Sikh community is offering free dinner to federal employees affected by the government shutdown.
The temple also will has a pantry with essential nonperishable items for federal workers to take home.
The temple said it is opening its doors and sharing a 500-year tradition of civic responsibility and sharing a meal (Langar) without distinction of religion, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The free meal is always vegetarian. People sit together, eat together and the kitchen is maintained and serviced by Sikh community volunteers.
The daily service will continue until the shutdown is over.