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Great Harvest Baking Co. in Lafayette creates "Shutdown Shelf"

The bakery is providing a helping hand to federal government workers in the Greater Lafayette area who have been affected by the shutdown.

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 6:47 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Great Harvest Bakery Co. is providing a helping hand to federal government workers in the Greater Lafayette area who have been affected by the shutdown.

"Not sure how many people in this community that impacts, but if there are people around her then we want to help out," said Jerry Lecy, owner of the shop.

Great Harvest Bread Company is giving away free loaves of bread to government workers with what they're calling a 'shutdown shelf.'

The bakery posted on their facebook page yesterday about starting the shelf. 24 hours after posting and it already has more than a million shares.

Lecy said they got the idea from another grocery store on the east coast. He said it's important to the business to give back to the community.

"Bottom line is that we are in this community and we're commited to this community and we want to help those who are in need," he said.

Lecy said you need to have your government worker I.D. to be able to take from the shutdown shelf. They will have the bread available as long as the shutdown continues, and will probably even have it up after the shutdown ends to help get those affected back on their feet.

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