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Cincinnati police deliver meals to unpaid TSA workers, challenge other departments to do the same

Posted: 11:46 PM, Jan 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-19 00:36:05-05

CINCINNATI — Members of the Cincinnati Police Department will spending the weekend delivering meals to 100 Transportation Security Administration employees working without pay as the nation’s longest-ever government shutdown edges closer to the one-month mark.

A group of officers announced their intention to do so on Twitter, where they encouraged other law enforcement members to participate in the #SupportTSAChallenge. (@CincyPD was the only account that had used the hashtag by Friday evening.)

“It’s our privilege to help them out during this time,” Sgt. Eric Franz said in the short clip. “We’re looking forward to all the other police departments helping our brother and sisters in law enforcement in this time of need.”

Today and all weekend @CincyPD will be feeding the men and women of @TSA @CVGairport .

We are calling on all Law Enforcement nationwide to step up and answer our challenge!

— Cincinnati Police Department (@CincyPD) January 18, 2019

The meals will go to Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport and come from Funky’s Catering, which CEO Jerin Dunham said has a close relationship with the police department. When officers reached out to ask about donating food to TSA workers, Dunham was more than willing to help.

“Obviously people are in a situation not of their own making, but we try to help if we can,” he said Friday night.

The meals officers will deliver include pastas, bread and salads. The TSA employees will receive them Friday, Saturday and Sunday.