Michigan store gives free groceries to Coast Guard members during shutdown

BY JUSTIN WISE - The Hill.com

 A Michigan store, thanks to donations from local businesses and customers, is offering free groceries to U.S. Coast Guard members who have been impacted by the government shutdown. 

WPBN, a local NBC affiliate, reported on Monday that the Bayside Market in Grand Traverse County, Mich., has created an account for U.S. Coast Guard members so they can receive groceries for free. 

A member can get the groceries after showing their work identification, according to the news station. 

"We know they’re not getting paychecks right now, but that’s not gonna stop them from going out and helping me if I’m swimming out there in the freezing waters and screw something up," Dan Summers, professional food and beverage consultant at Bayside Market, said in an interview.

"They are there to help us and we want to be there to help them too.”

Summers added that the community is "trying to do everything we can to help."

"They can come in and pick out whatever they need and just draw from the account until it’s gone and once it’s gone it’ll be 25% off."

Summers said that coast guard members will be able to receive free groceries until money from the fund it created is gone. 

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