A Wasilla restaurant is offering furloughed federal workers a free treat during the partial federal government shutdown.

The owners of Bistro Red Beet announced on Facebook on Tuesday they will give out free cookies and coffee or tea to employees going without a paycheck.

Sally Koppenberg said it's a small way she can help people who are struggling financially and let them know businesses care about their situation.

"We just felt really bad about what's going on. I think everyone feels really bad about what's going on but we can't fix people's pay checks, we can't replace their pay," Koppenberg said. "Put a smile on their face, maybe? Who doesn't love cookies?"

Tuesday's selection of "Federal Relief Cookies" included chocolate haystacks, almond chocolate chip and snicker disks. Koppenberg said they have a wide selection for people who have dietary restrictions too.

The free cookies will be given out on the honor system.

Bistro Red Beet is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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