McDonald’s offers free meals to first responders, health care workers

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McDonald’s is the latest restaurant offering free meals to some essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus.

The fast-food restaurant announced Tuesday that first responders and health care workers who show proof of employment can enjoy a free breakfast, lunch or dinner option if they show their work badge or if they are in uniform.

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"Each Thank You Meal will be available at no charge via drive-thru or carry out at participating McDonald's restaurants nationwide through May 5," McDonald's said in a news release. "The Thank You Meal, available during breakfast, lunch or dinner, will feature a choice of sandwiches, drinks, and a side featuring small World Famous Fries or a Hash Brown, along with a note of appreciation. It will be served in McDonald's iconic Happy Meal box, in the hopes of bringing a smile along with delicious food."

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Breakfast options include a choice of an Egg McMuffin, Chicken McGriddles or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. Those options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and a Hash Brown.

Lunch and dinner options include a choice of a double cheeseburger, six-piece Chicken McNuggets or a Filet-O-Fish. Those options come with any size soft drink, tea or hot coffee and small fries.

Other fast-food restaurants have also offered free food during this time. Burger King gave away two free kids' meals with any purchase made through its app.

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Taco Bell gave away its new Flamin' Hot Doritos Locos Tacos on Tuesday and has had similar offers in recent weeks.

Wendy's announced it will offer free 4-piece spicy or original nuggets at participating drive-thrus this Friday.

The “Thank You Meal” offer is valid at participating restaurants through May 5. There is a limit of one “Thank You Meal” per person, per day at the drive-thru or counter only. More details are at

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