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Whataburger Is Giving Away Free Breakfasts Because of Government Shutdown

Free taquitos and coffees from the Texas fast-food chain to furloughed federal government workers

The chorizo taquito from Whataburger
The chorizo taquito from Whataburger
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Whataburger, the beloved Texas fast-food chain, is stepping in to help feed people impacted by the current government shutdown, despite President Donald Trump announcing that the government will reopen for three weeks today.

Whataburger will still give out free breakfasts to furloughed federal government employees starting on Saturday, January 26. Those furloughed employees will be able to get a taquito and coffee from any Whataburger restaurant every morning from 6 to 11 a.m., though there is no end date as of now.

In order to take advantage of the free breakfast, people will have to show their government identifications. It also only applies for dine-in orders. This means it doesn’t work for drive-thru and online/mobile orders.

Many other restaurants and chains throughout the country, as well as Austin, are offering food specials and free meals to 800,000 federal government employees who have gone without paychecks since the shutdown began in late December.

The shutdown also applies to the FDA, which means that there are currently no inspections at domestic food-processing facilities.


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