“The idea to offer Shutdown Dumplings came from idea that the restaurant industry is one big family,” Tsai told the Huffington Post. “Shutdown Dumplings came to be because we wanted to give back to government employees affected by the shutdown in a way that we knew how ― through food.”
The nonprofit group, which opened in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, provides free supplies to the furloughed workers, including diapers as well as financial and legal advice. It also opened up a pop-up kitchen to feed federal employees hot meals.
“If all of us chefs do a fraction of what José and World Central Kitchen has accomplished, the world will be a better place,” Tsai said. “In fact, WCK is trying to get all chefs in the USA to offer free food for these furloughed employees. I am blessed I have the capacity and team to do my small part.”