RWU offers free meal to Coast Guard families amid shutdown

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BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — A local university is offering up a free meal to Coast Guard families affected by the government shutdown.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Roger Williams University is welcoming Coast Guard members and their families to its Bristol campus for dinner.

“We are pleased to welcome active duty members of the Coast Guard and their families to our campus for a hot meal,” RWU Interim President Andy Workman said. “RWU and our University College educate many students from the military, and we are glad to do our part by providing support at this difficult time for these local families.”

RWU will work in partnership with its food service provider, Bon Appetit Management Company, to provide the meals.

The Coast Guard is the only military branch affected by the ongoing shutdown.

All active-duty members of the Coast Guard in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts are welcome to a free meal from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at RWU’s Upper Commons dining hall, located at One Old Ferry Road.

Attendees will be asked to provide a Coast Guard ID.

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