Buckhannon restaurant offers free meal for furloughed employees


UPDATE 1/23/19 – 9:38 P.M.

Sweet-a-licious ice cream shop on East Main Street in Buckhannon opened its doors to federal employees Wednesday who have been furloughed.

The owners of the small ice creams shop are federal employees themselves, and say they want to help out their colleagues. Sweet-a-licious was open from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. Wednesday night offering a free meal. A prayer was held for government leaders and the employees affected from the shutdown.  

“It’s very sad to see, there’s a lot of stress and anxiety, a lot of uncertainties. We just hope that it is over soon and that everyone can recover quickly,” said Michelle Jack, owner of Sweet-a-licious.

Other Buckhonnon area businesses pitched in with Sweet-a-licious to provide the free meal. Government employees furloughed can get a free sweet treat by stopping in to Sweet-a-licious to take their mind off the stress.  

“33 days is long enough, and we’re going to pray that a quick resolution and tomorrow would be a great opportunity. So, we’re just going to trust in God, and try and bring us together and not lose faith in a mighty God that we have that can take care of the needs that we have,” said Ed Mcdaniels, Pastor of Christian Fellowship Church. 

Mcdaniels said that he hopes that government officials will cooperate and work together finding a quick resolution. 

ORGINIAL – 1/23/19

An Upshur County business is working to be sure that federal employees in its area are taken care of while they’re out of work.

The owners of Sweet-A-Licious on Main Street in Buckhannon are themselves federal workers, and so they wanted to help their colleagues who are without pay due to the shutdown.

Owners Michelle and Bill Jack and their daughter Courtney offered a free meal to federal employees in Upshur County at their restaurant Wednesday night.

They provided soup and crackers and other businesses have joined in to provide pizza and other items.

They want their colleagues to know they’re not alone in this trying time.

“So we just wanted to have the opportunity for them to come by, eat, and to sit down and talk to some people who are in the same situation because it’s not easy,” said Michelle Jack.

The meal was free to Upshur County federal employees with their ID cards.

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