PATERSON, NJ - While the Federal Government shutdown has been lifted, at least temporarily, many employees are still feeling the impact of more than a months out of work.
Wanting to offer their assistance Derya Taskin, the owner of Paterson’s well known Turkish bakery and cafe that holds the family’s name, and her sister Dudunur went to Newark Airport and dropped off breakfast for 300 airport employees including TSA, FAA, and CBP.
Federal employees had Turkish pastries such as simit, cheese pogaca, olive paste acma, baklava, homemade Taskin jams, and juices. In addition to the breakfast, they dropped Turkish pide bread to each employee to take home for their dinner.
“Even though shutdown temporarily ended we were told that most of the employees did not receive their payments and will not be receiving them anytime soon,” Derya told TAPinto Paterson of their decision to lend a hand.
“We are a family bakery, and our father thought us to help the one in need, because you never know when you will need help,” she continued. “We wanted to make their one day easier and put a smile on their face, that is why we helped.”
Dudunur added that employees also gave federal employees that visited the bakery free food during the shutdown with Derya concluding that “in our cafeteria, when our little customers (children) come in they get free cookie or simit. The smile they get and being part of the community means a lot to us."