Richland restaurant gives free meal to families affected by government shutdown

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    The government shutdown is closing in on the 25th day making this four days longer than the longest shutdown in history.

    A local business is trying to help out by giving a free meal to any federal employees not receiving a pay-check because of the shutdown.

    Kagen Cox is hoping to help out the rest of the community one cup of coffee and crepe at a time.

    For those struggling to get by because of the government shutdown, a meal like crepes and coffee is a treat.

    “That's always a rough one when you want to be able to go out and you can't do those kinds of things,” said Kagen Cox, owner of Kagen’s Coffee and Crepes in Richland.

    Cox is watching his sister's family struggle with the nearly four-week government shutdown.

    “My brother in law he's an air traffic controller so he is currently going to work every day and not getting paid,” Cox said.

    Cox is trying to help the community in the best way he can.

    “My hope was if I was in that situation that would be a nice offer to us,” Cox said.

    Any federal workers that don't have a pay check from the government shutdown can take their families to Kagen's Coffee and Crepes for a free crepe and drink.

    “This is my community my people. They love us we love them,” Cox said.

    The community seems to really love them.

    “The food's great the people are awesome and again you're supporting a local business who's doing actual things in the community that are fantastic,” said Brent Johnsen, a regular at Kagen’s.

    “It's really comfortable, cozy and just a chill place to come,” said Troy Hatley.

    Cox says giving back just makes sense.

    “This community has really supported us and made us who we are and without them constantly supporting us we wouldn't be here,” Cox said.

    They're hoping to bring the Tri-Cities together one cup of coffee at a time.

    Cox posts specials on their facebook page.

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